Two Out-Of-County Residents Who Work In Transylvania Test Positive For COVID-19-Brevard NC
Last updated 5/1/2020 at 9:06am
On April 29, two out-of-county residents who work in Transylvania County tested positive for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
Both people are employees of Mountain International on Old Hendersonville Highway. Based on a nurse investigation of possible exposures, public health officials believe they were exposed outside of the workplace. At this time, no other employees are showing symptoms of COVID-19.
Leadership at Mountain International notified all employees that a co-worker had tested positive for COVID-19 earlier today.
The infected workers are recovering at home in Buncombe County. Public health staff in Buncombe County are conducting contact tracing for these workers, while Transylvania Public Health nurses are assisting with identifying any close contacts in the workplace.
In a written statement, Mountain International owners Jerry Gaddy and Bruce Rau said, "We at Mountain International are and have been taking the virus very serious. We have exercised social distancing, disinfecting breakrooms/bathrooms, washing hands, wearing masks, and taking temperatures daily. Due to the virus affecting our staff, we have implemented the additional preventative measures, disinfecting/sanitizing all manufacturing equipment at the end of every day, providing hand sanitizer, and have contained shipping/receiving department from outside personnel entering the building."
The workers who tested positive were sent home when they developed symptoms and will not return to work until they meet the CDC guidelines: at least seven days since symptoms began and at least three days with no fever without fever-reducing medications and other symptoms have resolved.
According to the current CDC guidance, any close contacts of the workers who tested positive (people who have been within 6 feet for more than 10 minutes) should self-quarantine at home for 14 days after their last exposure. All employees should monitor symptoms and immediately go home if they develop a fever, cough, or other symptoms of COVID-19, including shortness of breath, chills and shaking, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.
To rapidly identify any additional cases among workers who have not yet developed symptoms, Blue Ridge Health will be providing testing for all employees at Mountain International.
"We appreciate the collaboration of Mountain International and Blue Ridge Health in working to protect the health of the employees at this worksite and the community," said Transylvania County Health Director, Elaine Russell. "Transylvania Public Health will continue to provide guidance and technical assistance as we navigate the impact of this virus together."
For more information, visit http://www.transylvaniahealth.org/COVID-19 or call (828) 884-4007 to speak to a local public health nurse about COVID-19.