North Carolina treasurer goes home after COVID-19 treatment

April 3, 2020 GMT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State Treasurer Dale Folwell has been released from the hospital after what his office said was five days of treatment for symptoms related to the COVID-19 virus.

A statement from Folwell’s office on Friday said he will continue his recovery from home, following protocols described in his discharge as well as those required by local and state health officials.

Folwell said in a previous statement that he returned to Raleigh after a recent, long-planned trip with his son and noticed that his perennial cough had worsened. He said he thought initially it was a reaction to pollen, but he ultimately contacted a doctor and got tested.

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Folwell has not said where he and his son traveled.

According to the statement, Folwell was never on a ventilator or otherwise incapacitated. He remained in contact with his family and necessary senior staff members at the Department of State Treasurer.

Folwell’s chief responsibilities are to manage the $100 billion in state pension investments and provide oversight of the health insurance plan for over 725,000 state employees, teachers, retirees and their dependents.

Folwell, a former state legislator and local school board member is running for reelection in November against Democrat Ronnie Chatterji.