Sampson County announces first presumptive positive COVID-19 case; at least 35 cases in NC

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CLINTON, N.C. (WNCN) — The Sampson County Health Department announced their first presumptive positive case of the novel coronavirus on Monday morning.

The test will be submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lab for confirmation of the case.

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According to a news release, the patient had traveled internationally. Health department officials said the patient flew to JFK Airport in New York City and then flew home through Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

The patient “is doing well and is isolating at home,” the release states.

“The County will treat presumptive cases as positive and follow CDC guidelines to protect public health and limit the spread of infection, while awaiting confirmation of results from the CDC,” officials said.

The health department has tested other residents for COVID-19, but none of those tests were related to this case, an official told CBS 17.

The Sampson County Health Department “will work to identify close contacts…Based on information provided by the individual, County health officials will assess risks of exposure, determine which if any additional measures are needed such as temperature and symptom checks, quarantine and/or testing,” according to the release.

Another presumptive positive case was announced on Monday morning when a Campbell University student tested positive for coronavirus.

At least 35 people in North Carolina have tested presumptive positive for COVID-19.

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