A man has tested positive for coronavirus in Wake County, health officials reported yesterday (Tuesday)
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper says the patient is currently at home in isolation.
"I know that people are worried about this virus, and I want to assure North Carolinians our state is prepared," Cooper said in a written statement. "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."
Officials said the patient contracted the virus after visiting a nursing home in Seattle, Wash., that is linked to seven deaths related to the novel coronavirus.
A representative for Raleigh-Durham International Airport said the patient traveled through RDU on February 22nd. According to that rep, the patient was not experiencing symptoms when they flew into RDU and was not identified as a risk to other travelers at that time.
"RDU is in close contact with public health experts and Airports Council International about best practices for airports related to coronavirus," the representative said, adding that RDU regularly disinfects bathrooms in the terminals and is consulting with health officials about any additional steps airport employees can take to increase passenger protection.
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