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Attended the Lego convention on March 8? You may be asked to call Wake County

Posted March 16, 2020 7:14 a.m. EDT
Updated March 16, 2020 7:16 a.m. EDT

— A group of people who attended the BrickUniverse Lego Convention on March 8 are being asked to contact their public officials after an attendee tested positive for coronavirus.

Anyone who attended the event at the Raleigh Convention Center on Sunday, March 8 between 2 and 4 p.m. is asked to call the Wake County Public Health Division at 919-856-7044.

In a press release on Sunday, officials said they were still trying to determine how many people may have been impacted.

"Because the crowd was so large and so mobile, we have no way to identify who came in close contact with this person during the Lego convention,” said Dr. Jose Cabanas, the county’s EMS Director. “We need the community’s help to determine who was potentially at risk of exposure to the virus.”

People who call the number will be asked if they were at the event during that timeframe. They will be asked if they have coronavirus-related symptoms like cough, fever or shortness of breath, and their contact information will be taken.

WRAL received a statement from BrickUniverse that read,

“BrickUniverse took several precautions for the safety of attendees including having ample hand sanitizer available for attendees, replacing several building zones with displays (less things to touch, more things to see), providing disposable gloves in our one remaining building area, discontinuing our use of handstamps and having our staff and volunteers wear gloves.”

Residents WRAL talked with said they believe it is important to continue your daily activities. "You can’t let it [get to you], said Deshawn Brown. "I’m going to stay in the house because you just don’t know, but that is not going to stop me from going through my daily chores."

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