Macon County employee tests positive for COVID-19

Macon County has identified that a Macon County employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee is isolating at home and doing well.

Close contacts of the employee have been notified, tested, and are quarantined until they receive their results. The County Maintenance department has performed the necessary steps to disinfect the affected area.

MCPH reports 120 total cases of COVID-19 in Macon County as of June 4.

Since March, Macon County has implemented strong infection control standards in all county facilities to protect employees and citizens.

These measures include:

  • providing personal protective equipment (PPE) to employees who need it,
  • limiting access to county building and congregate areas,
  • implementing a health screening process for all employees, such as taking temperatures before work,
  • assuring that employees who work in an office-based setting are maintaining social distancing measures,
  • moving to appointment-based services and limiting walk-in services, and
  • implementing teleworking agreements for some personnel to work from home (should their job allow).

Macon County is confident the risk of exposure for employees and citizens is minimal, and by implementing these measures, the county has been and will continue to provide services safely.

As local businesses open, Macon County leadership encourages all businesses to implement measures to keep employees and customers safe while visiting their establishment.

Count On Me NC is a public health initiative that empowers guests and businesses to help keep everyone safe from COVID-19, to access the free training visit https://countonmenc.org/.

Positive cases are increasing in Macon County. Macon County recommends that business owners consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on what employers and employees should do if they have been exposed to COVID-19.

Macon County leadership is committed to remaining transparent with the public and encourages businesses to be open with the public as well.

For more guidance about employee exposure, visit the CDC at https://bit.ly/critical_workers.

It is important to make sure the information you are getting about COVID-19 is coming directly from reliable sources like Macon County Public Health, CDC, and NCDHHS. For more information, please visit the CDC’s website at http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus and NCDHHS’ website at http://www.ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus, which will also include future positive COVID-19 test results in North Carolina.

Symptoms for COVID-19 are fever, cough, and other lower respiratory illness (shortness of breath).

If you believe that you may have COVID-19, please call the Health Department at 828.349.2517. The call center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., until further notice.

Submitted by Macon County Public Health

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