Carteret County confirms fifth positive COVID-19 case

CARTERET COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) -- Carteret County officials confirmed Saturday evening a fifth positive case of COVID-19-- the third case announced in the day.

Earlier Saturday, they had announced two other individuals in the county had also tested positive.

"Carteret County medical providers have been diligently submitting specimens for testing for patients meeting testing criteria. With increased testing capabilities, we expect to find more cases in Carteret County. Knowing we have cases in our community, it is extremely important for all of us to do our part to practice social distancing to reduce the spread of illness," says Health Director Stephanie Cannon.

No other information has been provided regarding the individuals who tested positive.

Officials say they are working to conduct tracing to make sure everyone who came in contact with the individuals is quarantined.

The county says going forward they will provide an update on case counts daily at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., as opposed to updating each case individually.