NC Officials Increase Preparedness Efforts for Coronavirus

CHARLOTTE, NC – The numbers of people impacted by Coronavirus continues to rise, this as North Carolina officials prepare for the possibility of the virus making its way to the Carolinas.

More than 1,350 people have now died worldwide. More than 48,000 people are infected with the virus. 14 of those people infected are Americans under supervision tonight in the United States.

“What future scenario should we plan for and do we need to bring in some other resources,” said Dr. Elizabeth Tilson, the North Carolina Health Director and Chief Medical Officer.

She is leading the Governor’s Coronavirus Task Force.

“I think we’re trying to be as vigilant and proactive as we can so that in case a traveler comes back that has the infection that we are immediately identifying and making sure that we are limiting spread for that person,” said Tilson.

As of Wednesday night, four people in Mecklenburg County are being monitored for Coronavirus. “Several people” in Rowan County and a “small number” of people in Union county are also being Evaluated and Watched.

There are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the state.

“Right now the risk for somebody getting Coronavirus in North Carolina is low,” said Mike Sprayberry, the Director of North Carolina Emergency Management, “but that doesn’t me that we don’t want to be well prepared for all hazards and this is one of them.”

Sprayberry says all travelers returning to the state from China will be monitored for 14 days. While officials don’t want to sound the alarm, they do want people to be vigilant.

“So it’s a little bit of a balance between. not being concerned and not having risk now, but being really prepared to mitigate any risk that might come,” said Tilson.