A majority of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol’s graduating class has tested positive for COVID-19.
According to officials, at least 37 cadets in the class of 50 are currently dealing with the virus after some members started showing symptoms.
Two staff members also tested positive which prompted widespread testing of the agency. North Carolina Highway Patrol Sgt. Christopher Knox told WNCN in Raleigh that “only four trainees showed COVID-19 symptoms.”
“Training was not impacted by the disease and graduation went on as planned,” Knox said. Everyone gathered for graduation that was held virtually on Friday.
North Carolina reported another record-breaking day of new COVID19 cases with 8,444 on Friday. This new total doubles a record reported a month ago. “I’m very worried for our state,” NCDHHS secretary Mandy Cohen said in a press conference. “We must act now to protect each other.”
The newest N.C. State troopers will report for duty on Jan. 13.