Coronavirus Impacts In The Charlotte Area

MECKLENBURG COUNTY, NC. — Five more people in North Carolina have tested positive for coronavirus. The cases are all in Wake county in the northeast part of the state.

The patients all traveled to a conference in Boston late last month. They are all in isolation at their homes.

The North Carolina cases are in Wake and Chatham counties. In South Carolina, there are cases in Kershaw, Charleston and Spartanburg counties.

A man from Spartanburg county, who passed through Charlotte-Douglas Airport on his way home from Italy, has a confirmed case of coronavirus. He did not have any symptoms while at the airport.

“CDC is not recommending any follow up with anyone who was on that plane or in the airport at this point in time. They do not feel there’s a risk there,” says Mecklenburg County Health Director Gibbie Harris.

Harris says testing is limited for those who are showing symptoms and have travelled to high risk areas.

Airport workers are now deep-cleaning and sanitizing the terminal and public areas daily. The city of Charlotte is telling city staff all non-essential business travel is suspended until further notice.

WCCB Charlotte has learned use of private jets is up about 300%.

Health officials say it’s not a matter of if, but when we see cases in Mecklenburg.

“We’re still focusing on have you traveled to certain select areas, and do you have symptoms of fever, cough, flu like illness at the points of entry,” says Dr. Katie Passaretti.