RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — There are five new cases of coronavirus in Wake County, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services — and that could impact schools here.

The five new cases are linked to people who work for a company, Biogen, that has a location in Research Triangle Park. They attended a conference in Boston last month before flying through Raleigh-Durham International Airport.


The company has asked all of its employees to work from home, including those who work at the RTP location.

Because of these new cases and community concerns, a lot of departments are taking a closer look at the potential risks associated with COVID-19.

On Tuesday, the school board will vote to give the superintendent the authority to waive board policies, if needed, when it comes to the coronavirus. This will give the superintendent more flexibility to respond to an emergency.

This also comes after parents complained about the district’s original guidelines, which they said contradicted the Centers for Disease Control.

Gov. Roy Cooper and members of the Coronavirus Task Force are also expected to provide an update on Tuesday.