Union County health officials monitoring ‘small number’ of people for coronavirus

UNION COUNTY, N.C. — Health officials in Union County are monitoring “a small number” of people who may be at risk for coronavirus.

Channel 9 learned Wednesday morning that the county’s division of public health is monitoring a handful of people but would not give an exact number. It was also unclear if those being monitored had recently traveled to China.

Officials stressed that those being monitored were “at a very low risk” and that “the situation was fluid based on traveler numbers referred and people transitioning through the 14-day monitoring period.”

There are currently no confirmed cases of coronavirus in North Carolina.

State officials just took a new step to protect the public from the threat of the virus.

Gov. Cooper created a new coronavirus task force. The state's emergency management director and health director will lead it.

They said that even though the threat is low, they want to get ahead of the virus.