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Wilson daycare closes as precaution after two workers tested for the coronavirus

Posted March 19, 2020 10:33 p.m. EDT
Updated March 24, 2020 3:54 p.m. EDT

— Not only have we learned on Thursday that a patient in Wilson is the first case of community spread, we're also learning two daycare workers are being tested for coronavirus.

The director of the daycare where the employees worked was very forthcoming, saying the workers never experienced any symptoms at the daycare. She said the workers experienced the symptoms at home and haven’t been at the daycare since Tuesday.

In the meantime, staff and parents are waiting for test results to come in on the two workers. Once the director found out the employees were being tested for COVID-19, the daycare shut down. That happened just a few hours before Gov. Roy Cooper announced that the first case of community spread was confirmed in Wilson.

Community spread means health officials are not sure where the person contracted the virus. That also means the patient didn’t travel to a country with an outbreak, nor were they in direct contact with someone who has the virus.

"It’s a little worrisome," said Wilson resident Bryce Murray. "The people in Wilson are pretty smart they know what to do and how to keep things away."

"I have a big faith in God and he is in control of everything if it is my time to go it is my time to go," said Alexis Tate, also from Wilson.

Meanwhile, people in Wilson continued their normal activities even as they learned the first case of community transmission.

"I’m not concern," Wilson resident Summer Baer said. "If you take necessary precautions, wash your hands and don’t touch your face, you will be fine."

"My mom told me faith over fear," Tate said. "I don't live in fear."

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