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One year ago today: NC's 1st coronavirus case linked to Seattle area

Posted March 3, 2020 3:27 p.m. EST
Updated March 3, 2021 4:37 p.m. EST

— On March 3, 2020, Gov. Roy Cooper said a man in Wake County tested positive for coronavirus. It was North Carolina’s first case of the new illness.

The patient had recently traveled to Washington state and was exposed to a long-term care facility that had reported numerous cases of coronavirus. The Wake County patient traveled through Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Feb. 22, 2020, airport officials said.

At that time, nine people had died from the illness in Washington state, all in the Seattle area. Washington state officials had reported 27 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Now, one year later, more than 28 million cases have been confirmed in the U.S., according to NBC News, and there have been more than 500,000 reported deaths.

Total reported COVID-19 cases, deaths in NC

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services updates the number of cumulative lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths daily at around noon. This chart shows the cumulative count of cases. NOTE: This chart now includes cases and deaths identified through antigen testing, which DHHS began reporting on its dashboard on Sept. 25. Read more about the corrections and compare the changes here.

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