RALEIGH, N.C. (WBTV) - North Carolina State Treasurer Dale Folwell has been released from the hospital after a five-day stay for issued related to the coronavirus.
Folwell issued a statement on March 26 after testing positive for the virus, saying that after a long-planned trip with his son, he returned to Raleigh on March 16 and experienced a cough which he thought was a seasonal reaction to spring pollen.
Folwell, aware of the COVID-19 pandemic, says he monitored his temperature and said he saw no increase through the weekend even as his cough seemed to worsen.
After consulting with a physician, Folwell was tested on the afternoon of Monday, March 23, and was informed the next night of a positive result.
Officials say the virus primarily impacted Folwell’s respiratory system, producing a severe cough. As he was convalescing at home, the cough became more acute and his physician recommended he admit himself to the hospital, which he did on March 29.
“At no time during his stay in the hospital was Treasurer Folwell on a ventilator or otherwise incapacitated. He has been in contact with his family and necessary senior staff members at the Department of State Treasurer (DST) throughout his illness,” officials said Friday. “He has continued to lead DST, with the assistance of his deputies, and has been as engaged as necessary given the severity of his illness and his need to rest and recuperate.”
Folwell will now continue his recovery from home following the protocols as outlined by the discharge procedure as well as those required by local and state health officials.
He said he would like to thank his wife, family and friends for all their support during the difficult time.