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Health department employee tests positive for COVID

Beaufort County Health Department Health Director Jim Madson was notified early Thursday morning that an administrative staff member tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday. The staff member last worked Tuesday.

The Health Department has conducted an investigative inquiry regarding this staff member’s close contacts. After identifying close contacts, those who were possibly exposed have been notified and appropriate actions have been taken. The positive staff member was not in contact with any clients. Thanks to social distancing measures, there was minimal exposure to others. The positive staff member is quarantining at home and doing well.

Thursday morning, Beaufort County Health Department conducted a thorough cleaning of the facility. As an added precaution, other staff members have been tested, and clinical services have been rescheduled until test results are received. Phone-in services and other services not in the clinic setting have not been impacted and will continue as normal.

We continue to strongly encourage everyone to practice social distancing and other prevention methods, such as wearing a mask and washing hands frequently, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.