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8th North Carolina native diagnosed with coronavirus

One day after Duke announced it would shift classes online and encourage students to leave campus, an eighth North Carolinian was diagnosed with COVID-19.

A Wake County resident tested presumptively positive for the disease, according to a Wednesday news release from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. The person is isolated and doing well at home, and authorities are working to notify those who may have been in close contact. 

The release noted that this case is related to an Indiana native who had visited a Biogen conference in Boston and recently passed through Raleigh. The Biogen meetings have been extensively linked to the coronavirus, with 70 of 92 Massachusetts COVID-19 cases related to meeting attendees, as of Wednesday afternoon.

Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency in North Carolina Tuesday after seven individuals had been diagnosed with the disease. The first case was identified March 3. 


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