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Health officials ID what it takes to leave isolation after testing positive for COVID-19

COVID-19 recovery
Buncombe County health officials said 11 of 14 residents who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 have been released from isolation and five out of five travelers have been released from isolation. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

New numbers released Thursday by the interim health director of Buncombe County Public Health indicate more than 1,100 county residents have been tested for COVID-19 since the start of the outbreak. Those tests took place at a number of sites.

“Buncombe County Public Health is informed of all positive COVID-19 results on Buncombe County residents or travelers who are located in Buncombe County,” Dr. Jennifer Mullendore said.

She said, as of noon Thursday, 14 have come back positive among residents. Five have come back positive among travelers.

“Many of the people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Buncombe County have mild illness and recovered quickly, and we are very thankful for that,” Mullendore said.

She said 11 of 14 residents have been released from isolation and five out of five travelers have been released from isolation.

In order for that to happen, she says three things had to take place. Seven days must have passed from the start of their illness, the patients must not have had a fever for 72 hours without medication to reduce it and other symptoms, like a cough, must have improved.

While Mullendore said the vast majority of folks who tested positive in Buncombe County have recovered, she still wants everyone to take COVID-19 seriously.

“I know that watching what's going on in New York can seem like it's happening on another planet. It seems distant, but it's real. Everything we're trying to do is to keep that from happening locally,” Mullendore said.

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