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Walker Responds to First Case of Coronavirus in North Carolina

March 3, 2020
Press Release

GREENSBORO, N.C. - U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today released the following statement after a presumptive positive case of COVID-19 was announced in Wake County, North Carolina:

“We knew this coronavirus was going to impact North Carolina and we were ready and prepared. As the North Carolina Director of Emergency Management, Michael Sprayberry, and I discussed this morning, we have the health care and emergency responses in place to handle and contain this virus to the best of our ability. For now, we must have every faith that our public servants and officials - Republican or Democrat, federal or state - are all working hard to keep North Carolinians healthy and safe.

This is the first presumptive case of COVID-19 in North Carolina - meaning the patient tested positive from the state lab and the testing will be confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in their federal lab. The patient had traveled to Washington state and was exposed at a long-term care facility that has experienced a COVID-19 outbreak. The patient is in stable condition and currently in isolation recovering.

Currently, local health officials across North Carolina are working to identify other people who may have been exposed to the infected person. In the meantime, all North Carolinians are encouraged to exercise caution when traveling and take extra care to wash their hands frequently. Anyone who believes he or she may have been exposed to the virus and is experiencing symptoms are directed to contact local health departments for guidance.

Walker is a Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, which today had a hearing heavily focused on combating the coronavirus from a federal standpoint. He has also been in close communication with Sprayberry and other state officials.