“We are a tipping point,” Ballad Health President and CEO Alan Levine said. “We’re at a tipping point where we can begin to see community spread. We’re going to either contain it, or we’re going to see it accelerate.”
“Community spread” is the term used to indicate the virus is being transmitted person-to-person, locally — rather than being detected in a person who has traveled outside the region. Community spread is typically followed by a spike in cases. Sullivan County Regional Health Department Medical Director Dr. Stephen May said that each confirmed infection potentially produces three more infections, which each can mean another three and so on.
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