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First positive case of coronavirus is person who visited Asheville last week

A person who visited Asheville last week is the first reported coronavirus case in Western North Carolina, the Buncombe County Health and Human Services said.


The Macon County Public Health on Monday announced the presumptive positive case of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in the person who visited Buncombe County last week, the first known presumptive positive case of COVID-19 associated with Buncombe County.
The person visited Asheville March 10-13, at which time the visitor had symptoms of COVID-19. They were tested by BCHHS Communicable Disease staff and immediately traveled on to Macon County for isolation. The individual has been cooperative with all public health requests. Buncombe County public health staff are conducting an active investigation into this individual’s activities during their time in Buncombe County. The department said it would provide more information as it identifies potential close contacts.