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The Foothills Health District (FHD) is working with state and federal health officials to prepare for and respond to COVID-19, which originated from Wuhan, China. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers the COVID-19 to be a serious public health concern, based on current information, the immediate health risk from the COVID-19 to the American public is considered low at this time.

Outbreaks of novel (new) virus infections among people are always a public health concern, but routine training prepares public health staff and partners to handle emerging disease outbreaks like the COVID-19. FHD public health officials are working with the North Carolina Division of Public Health (NCDPH), Rutherford and McDowell County Emergency Services, and local medical providers to prepare for potential cases in our area and are following the latest CDC recommendations related to surveillance, evaluation, and response.

The impacts of novel coronavirus illnesses have ranged from infected people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying. The CDC believes at this time that symptoms of the virus may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. The virus spreads from person-to-person by coughing, sneezing, close personal contact and by touching your nose, mouth or eyes before washing your hands.

Since it is cold and flu season, you may experience similar symptoms to the coronavirus. At this point, unless you have traveled to affected areas in the world, there is little concern for exposure to COVID-19.

As with all respiratory illnesses, it is good practice to wash your hands often, stay away from people that appear ill, or have been ill, and stay home if you are sick. CDC does not currently recommend the use of facemasks among the general public. While limited person-to-person spread among close contacts has been detected, this virus is not currently spreading in the community in the United States.

 

 

It is important to remember that seasonal influenza (flu) is still circulating in our community. Protect yourself and others by getting a flu vaccination if you have not already.
For more information:
• Visit the CDC’s website for accurate information on COVID-19 by clicking here.
• For general information about novel coronavirus in North Carolina, visit this link or call the NCDPH hotline at (866) 462-3821.

For Case Count(s) in North Carolina please refer to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services website which is availalbe at this address:

https://www.ncdhhs.gov/covid-19-case-count-north-carolina

• Travelers and providers who suspect COVID-19 should contact the FHD at (828) 287-6100 (Rutherford County) or (828) 652-6811 (McDowell County).

We will continue to keep the community updated if any new developments occur in our area.

Rutherford Regional Health System has a great website resource for information.  You can get to their page by clicking here.

 

COVID19 Fact Sheets:

English
Spanish
Simplified Chinese

COVID19 Frequently Asked Questions from Poison Control

After hours email contact: covid19@foothillshd.org

 

 

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CDC

The Centers for Disease Control Website is a reputable website with up-to-date information

 

NC DHHS

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Website is a reputable website with up-to-date information

Rutherford Regional Hospital

Information from Rutherford Regional Hospital is another reputable website with up-to-date information

 

McDowell Cares

The McDowell Cares website will bring together faith based organizations, community resources and information during times of local crisis.

COVID-19 HOTLINE McDOWELL COUNTY

McDowell County Emergency Management has opened a non-emergency call center for questions concerning COVID-19 (Coronavirus)  

The number for the COVID-19 Hotline is (828) 559-9683.  The hours are from 8am until 8pm.

CDC COVID-19 Fact Sheet (English)

The Centers for Disease Control Fact Sheet for COVID-19 (PDF File, English)

CDC COVID-19 Fact Sheet (Spanish)

The Centers for Disease Control Fact Sheet for COVID-19 (PDF File, Spanish)

 

 CDC COVID-19 Fact Sheet (Simplified CHinese)

The Centers for Disease Control Fact Sheet for COVID-19 (PDF File, Simplified Chinese)

COVID-19 SCREENING McDOWELL COUNTY

McDowell County Emergency Management has opened a medical screening hotline for those who think they may have been exposed to the virus or if you are experiencing a fever, please call (828) 527-6687. The operator will ask a list of screening questions and will provide the caller with the appropriate medical instructions based upon the answers given.  Open from 8am until 8pm.

Please do not call the medical screening hotline for general information.

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COVID-19 SCREENING RUTHERFORD COUNTY

Rutherford County has opened a medical screening hotline for those who think they may have been exposed to the virus or if you are experiencing a fever, please call (828) 289-1185. The operator will ask a list of screening questions and will provide the caller with the appropriate medical instructions based upon the answers given.  Open from 8am until 5pm.

Please do not call the medical screening hotline for general information.

 

 

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Legionnaires’ Disease Can Cause Pneumonia Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease can include:
► Cough
► Muscle aches
► Fever
► Shortness of breath
► Headache

Doctors use chest x-rays or physical exams to check for pneumonia. Your doctor may also order tests on a sample of urine and sputum (phlegm) to see if your
lung infection is caused by Legionella.

Legionnaires’ Disease Is Serious, but Can Be Treated
with Antibiotics

Legionnaires’ disease is treated with antibiotics (drugs that kill bacteria in the body). Most people who get sick need care in a hospital but make a full recovery.  However, about 1 out of 10 people who get Legionnaires’ disease will die from the infection.

Certain People Are at Increased Risk for
Legionnaires’ Disease

Most healthy people do not get Legionnaires’ disease after being exposed to Legionella. Being 50 years or older or having certain risk factors can increase your chances of getting sick. These risk factors include:
► Being a current or former smoker
► Having chronic lung disease, such as emphysema or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
► Having a weakened immune system from diseases like cancer, diabetes, or kidney failure
► Taking medication that weakens your immune system

Legionella Are Usually Spread through Water Droplets
in the Air
In nature, Legionella live in fresh water and rarely cause illness. In man-made settings, Legionella can grow if water is not properly maintained. These manmade
water sources become a health problem when small droplets of water that contain the bacteria get into the air and people breathe them in. In rare cases, someone breathes in Legionella while they are drinking water and it “goes down the wrong pipe” into the lungs. In general, people do not spread Legionnaires’ disease to other people.

To learn more visit: https://www.cdc.gov/legionella/index.html

Legionnaires’ (LEE-juh-nares) disease is a very serious type of pneumonia (lung infection) caused by bacteria called Legionella. If you develop pneumonia symptoms and may have been exposed to Legionella, see a doctor right away. Be sure to mention if you have used a hot tub, spent any nights away from home, or stayed in a hospital in the last two weeks.

Graphic from CDC showing 9 in 10 outbreaks were caused by problems preventable with more effective water management.

 

 

 

 

Source: Centers for Disease Control

 

Alert April 30, 2019


Rutherford Polk McDowell Health District

The Rutherford Polk McDowell Health District, in conjunction with North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, and North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Water Resources, are issuing a precautionary advisory pending an environmental investigation for Coxes Creek, Armstrong Creek near NC 226 and North Fork Catawba River.

 

Event:  McDowell County reported an unknown amount of liquid asphalt that has released from an overturned tractor trailer near the 3200 Block of NC226 near Triple J RV Park & Campgrounds.

 

Liquid asphalt from the incident has spilled into Coxes Creek. The potential exists for a fish kill downstream of the spill. Sheen and brown discoloration of the water is visible into the N. Fork Catawba River.

 

Notice:  Until the conditions posing the impact to the Coxes Creek, Armstrong Creek and N. Fork Catawba are remediated and tested to be diminished or removed, environmental and public health officials recommend:

 

  • Do not access the section of Coxes Creek from the Triple J RV Park on NC 226 downstream to include Armstrong Creek and the North Fork Catawba River.
  • Avoid skin contact with the water, soil, and sediment in this area. Especially areas that are associated with sheen or show discoloration.
  • If skin comes in contact with contaminated water, thoroughly wash the affected area with soap and water.
  • Do not interact with or eat fish that have died in areas impacted from the spill.

 

For further information please contact the Rutherford Polk McDowell Health District at (828) 659-6642.