Murphy, NC issues guidelines after Lowe’s employee tests positive

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MURPHY, North Carolina (WDEF) – The local health department has issued a set of guidelines over the latest positive Covid-19 test.

The new case involves an employee at the Lowe’s home and garden store in Murphy.

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And to make it worse, the worker has shown symptoms for two weeks before finally seeking medical attention.

So the health department issued guidelines for all customers at the Lowe’s in Murphy.

“Due to the individual continuing to work and be in the community prior to and after becoming symptomatic, public health officials anticipate there to be potential for additional exposure who are not easily identifiable. This individual works at Lowe’s in Murphy, NC. It is now advised that everyone self-monitor for a respiratory type illness and isolate immediately if symptoms begin. However, if you have been to the Lowe’s located in Murphy, NC any time between March 22nd and April 7th and you had contact with anyone who was less than 6 feet from you for 10 minutes or longer, it is advised that you quarantine yourself and monitor for symptoms of illness for 14 days from the date of potential exposure.”

In the meantime, health officials will try to trace the contacts with the individual involved.

“Cherokee County Health Department is working closely with Lowe’s of Murphy, NC in order to determine dates and times this individual was working. Coworkers of this individual are being notified, assessed and tested as indicated based on risk. The infected individual has not had contact with anyone known to be infected with COVID-19. To our knowledge, no residents of Cherokee County are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19.”

Cherokee County has been hit hard so far by the virus.

The small, mountain community has 10 official cases of local residents, but also 3 more from non-residents.

They have suffered one death.

The ninth case involved a healthcare worker.

Now we know that person worked at Chatuge Regional Hospital across the state line in Georgia.