Nash UNC Health Care staff member’s spouse tests positive for COVID-19; 23 cases now in NC

Coronavirus

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Nash UNC Health Care is taking precautionary measures after the spouse of a staff member tested positive for coronavirus, a hospital spokesman confirmed.

Even though there are no COVID-19 cases in Nash County, the hospital is restricting access to the protect vulnerable patients.

The staff member tested negative for coronavirus but will remain quarantined.

As of Saturday morning, there are at least 23 cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina, health officials said.

That marks an increase of eight cases reported by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services since Friday. That figure does not include a case at Camp Lejeune.

The Department of Defense is directing members of the 82nd Airborne who returned from the Middle East to be quarantined for 14 days.

Paratroopers from the 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division returned from Afghanistan on March 14.

There are currently no confirmed cases in Cumberland County.

Across the U.S., a total of 1,694 cases have been reported with 41 deaths related to coronavirus.

The increase in North Carolina comes a day after President Donald Trump declared the outbreak a national emergency.

The N.C. State Laboratory of Public Health has completed 101 tests and currently has the capability to conduct 680 more.

Commercial testing is also beginning but numbers concerning those tests are not available.

COVID-19 timeline

  • March 10: Gov. Roy Cooper declares State of Emergency
  • March 11: World Health Organization declares COVID-19 a pandemic
  • March 13: President Trump declares National Emergency

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