Brunswick County person who tested presumptive-positive for COVID-19 had traveled through ILM

Brunswick County person who tested presumptive-positive for COVID-19 had traveled through ILM
A file photo of the Wilmington International Airport. (Source: WECT)

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - The person with the first presumptive-positive case of COVID-19 in Brunswick County recently traveled through Wilmington International Airport (ILM).

New Hanover County officials announced Saturday afternoon they had received word the person flew into ILM from Louisiana on Tuesday, March 10, but due to privacy concerns could not say which flight.

Public Health officials were told the traveler went directly home to Brunswick County in their personal vehicle, and did not make any stops within New Hanover County.

The person was reportedly symptomatic while in Louisiana.

County officials will be notifying anyone who was within six feet of the individual.

“Local public health staff, in coordination with information from North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, will notify anyone in our community who was within six feet of the traveler on a plane, and those notifications should be made in the coming days. Travelers who are contacted may be asked to self-quarantine and monitor for symptoms,” the release states.

The airport has increased its cleaning and sanitizing measures in recent days as concern over the virus has grown.

Brunswick County officials said the individual called their primary care physician on Wednesday, March 11, and was tested the same day.

Those officials emphasized their recommendations that individuals take precautions, but remain calm.

“Brunswick County encourages our residents to remain calm and seek the most accurate and up-to-date information about coronavirus from the County, the NC DHHS, and the CDC. This incident remains an isolated case, and novel coronavirus is currently not widespread in Brunswick County and is still considered a low risk,” the county’s press release said.

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