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A newborn initially tested positive for COVID-19 in Curry County but subsequent tests showed the baby did not have COVID-19, according to Curry County Public Health Department officials.

On Friday, May 22, the Curry County Public Health Department was officially notified child was born that tested positive for COVID 19. Due to the first test being positive it is considered a positive case for the county, according to county Public Health Administrator Sherrié R. Ward. The case is being listed as "recovered."

Ward stated that with reopening and more testing it is likely there will be more cases.

“The public has to understand that with more testing being conducted, we are going to see more positive test results,” Ward stated.

County Women Infant Child (WIC) Services have reached out to the family to offer services if needed. Ward stated contact investigations have been completed with this case.

"We would like to wish this family 'best wishes on their new bundle of joy,” Ward stated.

There is one active case in Curry County. There have been six positive cases and zero deaths in Curry County. Five of the six are considered recovered.

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