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North Carolina reports first Coronavirus case

A resident of Wake County, NC has tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19), according to the state Department of Health and Human Services. The test, conducted by the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health, awaits confirmation by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lab.

According to officials, the infected individual traveled to the state of Washington and was exposed at a long-term care facility where there is currently a COVID-19 outbreak. The person is doing well and is in isolation at home, and local health department officials are identifying close contacts to monitor symptoms and contain spread. To protect individual privacy, no further information will be released.

“I know that people are worried about this virus, and I want to assure North Carolinians our state is prepared,” said Governor Roy Cooper.

While awaiting confirmation of results from the CDC, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will treat presumptive cases as positive and follow CDC guidelines to protect public health and limit the spread of infection.

Officials said the announcement represents an isolated case, and COVID-19 is currently not widespread in North Carolina.

People with questions or concerns related to 2019-nCoV can call 866-462-3821 for more information.