North Carolina Resident Tests Positive For Coronavirus

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A Wake County resident has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), says Governor Roy Cooper’s office. State leaders say the person is “doing well” and is in isolation at home.

The patient traveled to Washington state and was exposed at a long-term care facility where there is currently a coronavirus outbreak.

The person was tested by the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health, and the test will be confirmed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lab.

In a news release, Governor Roy Cooper says, “I know that people are worried about this virus, and I want to assure North Carolinians our state is prepared. Our task force and state agencies are working closely with local health departments, health care providers and others to quickly identify and respond to cases that might occur.”

While North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) waits for the test result to be confirmed by the CDC, DHHS will treat “presumptive cases as positive and follow CDC guidelines to protect public health and limit the spread of infection.”

The Governor’s Office also says, “Today’s announcement represents an isolated case, and COVID-19 is currently not widespread in North Carolina. Because COVID-19 is most commonly spread through respiratory droplets, North Carolinians should take the same measures that healthcare providers recommend annually to prevent the spread of the flu and other viruses, including washing your hands, avoiding touching your face, and covering coughs and sneezes.”

In February, Cooper created a coronavirus task force to help the state monitor, prepare for and respond to the virus.

Cooper’s office says the task force is:

  • Aggressively pursuing containment strategy of rapid identification, testing and contact tracing.
  • Engaging in daily collaboration with federal, state and local partners to ensure rapid response.
  • Mobilizing resources for our providers, local public health system, local emergency management, and other.
  • Developing detailed response plans for multiple sectors for a range of scenarios.
  • Developing guidance for planning for multiple sectors for a range of scenarios.
  • Preparing healthcare providers and facilities to streamline and standardize response activities.
  • Activating a Joint Information Center to provide timely information.
  • Testing patients in the NC State Laboratory of Public Health.
  • Leading regular calls with local health departments, hospitals and local emergency management.
  • Providing guidelines for health care providers, child care, employers, schools, colleges and universities, and others.
  • Monitoring residents who have returned from China through local health departments.
  • Staffing a COVID-19 phone line to answer urgent questions from the public.
  • Maintaining an up-to-date website with information about COVID-19 disease, risk and guidance.
  • It is important to make sure the information you are getting about COVID-19 is coming directly from reliable sources like the CDC and NCDHHS.

To get more information, and to monitor future positive coronavirus test results, go to:
www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
www.ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus