By WECT Staff | July 22, 2020 at 11:35 PM EDT – Updated July 22 at 11:35 PM
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) – The COVID-19 statistics reported by New Hanover County appear lower than other nearby counties for a reason.
In response to many viewer inquiries, WECT reached out to New Hanover County for an explanation as to why its recovery figures were so low. This was the full response.
The number of individuals recovered in New Hanover County is self-reported, rather than reporting a calculation depending on dates of symptom onset. Public Health remains in contact with people who have lab-confirmed, positive cases of COVID-19 to monitor the patient’s symptoms and progress to recovery.
A patient is presumed to be recovered when they report being fever-free (without the use of fever reducers) for at least 72 hours and symptoms the patient experienced have improved. Typically, this recovery period is not less than 10 days from the date symptoms appeared, but this can be longer for those with more severe symptoms or underlying health conditions.
Recovery from COVID-19 is not linear and is self-reported by people when Public Health follows up with them throughout their illness. With the recent increase in daily cases, Public Health prioritizes initial outreach and contact tracing with new cases, and the recovery factors mentioned above are understandably not yet met by a majority of the positive cases in New Hanover County, resulting in a relatively low number of recovered patients.
It’s worth noting that Bladen County indicates its recovery count is just an estimate based largely on the passage of time.
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