RALEIGH, N.C. (WBTV) – Five more people in North Carolina have tested positive Monday for COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), bringing the total number of positive cases in the state to seven.

All five of these people traveled to Boston in late February to attend a BioGen conference. Several cases of COVID-19 across the country have been tied to the conference.

These cases are based in Wake County, but are not related to the Wake County individual who tested positive last week. All are in isolation at their respective homes.

The tests, conducted by the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health, are presumptively positive and will be confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lab. While awaiting confirmation of results from the CDC, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will treat presumptive cases as positive and follow CDC guidelines to protect public health and limit the spread of infection.

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