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State laboratory officials say they are now able to test for COVID-19

Posted March 3, 2020 12:25 p.m. EST
Updated March 3, 2020 3:38 p.m. EST

— Gov. Roy Cooper announced on Tuesday the NC State Laboratory of Public Health within the NC Department of Health and Human Services is now able to perform testing for the COVID-19 virus.

Cooper said in a video posted to YouTube the new capability allows North Carolina to more quickly take public health steps to respond to any positive test result.

A person in Wake County tested positive for COVID-19, Cooper said Tuesday. You can read more about the NCDHHS' efforts by clicking here.

"Testing is already underway in our state lab and that means we get results faster," Cooper said. "Our public health leaders have been working around the clock to ensure that we are prepared."

In a press release from the NC Department of Health and Human Services, testing will continue to be coordinated through the Division of Public Health’s Communicable Disease Branch on specimens from individuals who meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s criteria for a person under investigation for COVID-19. North Carolina is using the CDC developed test kit that was granted under an Emergency Use Authorization from the Food and Drug Administration.

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