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Notification Procedures Protect Public Health and Privacy

Mar 10, 2020

FAYETTEVILLE –There are currently no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Cumberland County. There are seven presumptive positive cases in North Carolina. 

If a confirmed positive or presumptive positive case of COVID-19 is identified in Cumberland County, the Cumberland County Department of Public Health and the State Department of Public Health will notify the public.

To protect individuals’ privacy, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services will not publicly disclose the number of people being evaluated for the virus.

Under the direction of the N.C. DHHS, the Health Department cannot disclose whether individual citizens are being evaluated for the coronavirus.  Information is shared after the department receives confirmation that there is a positive case.

If a case is positive, trained staff conduct a detailed contact investigation to identify people who may have been exposed and work to contact these individuals as quickly as possible so that appropriate measures are taken to protect their health.

“We will share as much information as is necessary to protect the health and safety of the public, while maintaining individual privacy. This may include time, date, and location information for persons who may have been exposed to a presumptive or confirmed positive cases,” said Dr. Jennifer Green, Cumberland County Health Director.

The North Carolina Division of Public Health has established a call line at
1-866-462-3821 to address general questions about COVID-19 from the public.

We encourage the public to seek information from credible sources including the Cumberland County Health Department’s COVID-19 webpage at co.cumberland.nc.us/covid19 and the NC DHHS website at ncdhhs.gov.