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Franklin County announces first 4 cases of COVID-19

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LOUISBURG — Franklin County announced Friday its has four cases of COVID-19.

Four Franklin County residents tested presumptively positive, according to Scott S. LaVigne, health director. These individuals are currently under quarantine and isolation orders.

The health department is working with state and federal health officials as well as local providers to ensure possible contacts have been notified and provided instructions regarding isolation requirements.

Franklin County anticipates case numbers will increase as they have in other counties.

The health department recommends everyone with fever and respiratory symptoms should isolate themselves until they have spent at least 72 hours without a fever without the use of medication and with improvement of respiratory symptoms if it has been at least seven days since the fever started. They also recommend those in close contact to a person with a fever or respiratory illness to stay home as much as possible while monitoring themselves for symptoms.

For up-to-date COVID-19 information in Franklin County, call 919-496-8113 or email

Protect yourself

Although the risk of contracting COVID-19 remains low, the Franklin County Health Department encourages people to:

• Stay away from sick people and practice social distancing measures.

• Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Sing “Happy Birthday” twice to measure time.

• Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth.

• Clean and disinfect surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipes.

• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash.

• Stay home if you’re sick and don’t send sick children to childcare.

• Avoid vulnerable populations, including those over 65, those with underlying health conditions, those with weakened immune systems and those who are pregnant.