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Graham And Swain Counties Announce First Positive COVID-19 Cases

Lilly Knoepp
Graham and Swain Counties were some of the last counties in the region with zero positive COVID-19 cases.

FIND THE LATEST COVID-19 CASE COUNT IN NORTH CAROLINA HERE.  FOR ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS CLICK HERE.

The Public Health Department for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians announced Saturday that three Swain County residents and one Graham County resident have tested positive for COVID-19.

The EBCI's team have tested almost 1,000 people including those who live in surrounding counties and in off-boundary communities like Snowbird in Graham County. Graham closed off nonresident access to the county in March but reopened last week amid budget concerns.  

Swain County Health Department did not share any additional information about the three positive individuals. The county has 414 negative tests and 14 pending tests. 

Graham County Public Health Department has announced that the Graham resident who tested positive for COVID-19 attended a gathering in the late afternoon on Saturday, April 25, in the East Buffalo Community of Robbinsville.

If you attended this gathering, have concerns regarding this specific situation or would like to be tested contact the EBCI COVID-19 hotline at (828) 497-3743. The Graham County Health Department in collaboration with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Public Health and Human Services and Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority say they are working diligently to identify and notify close contacts who may have come in contact with this person or attended the gathering.

Drive-thru testing will be available on Thursday, April 30 from 9 am until 11am at the Snowbird Complex for those who have been identified as direct contacts or attended the April 25 gathering.

 

Lilly Knoepp is Senior Regional Reporter for Blue Ridge Public Radio. She has served as BPR’s first fulltime reporter covering Western North Carolina since 2018. She is from Franklin, NC. She returns to WNC after serving as the assistant editor of Women@Forbes and digital producer of the Forbes podcast network. She holds a master’s degree in international journalism from the City University of New York and earned a double major from UNC-Chapel Hill in religious studies and political science.
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