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Leader of group that organized protests against lockdown in North Carolina, tests positive for COVID-19

A woman who led a protest in North Carolina to appeal the state to ease its Coronavirus restrictions was unable to attend two rallies because she tested positive for the disease, a report said.

Audrey Whitlock, who administers the Facebook page of ReOpen NC, was under quarantine for 2 weeks ending Sunday after testing positive for Coronavirus, consistent with news station WFAE.

“I remained in isolation/self-quarantine at my home per the direction of my county health department. i’ve got not attended any events for ReOpen NC,” Whitlock told the outlet.

While the organizer was in isolation, the group held two rallies in Raleigh demanding North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper speed up plans to lift the stay-at-home order, which continues to be in effect until May 8.

During their protests, the group crowded together, ignoring social distancing guidelines, and most of them didn’t wear face masks.

Whitlock first revealed she tested positive for COVID-19 in an exceedingly private post to the group’s Facebook page on Sunday.

Whitlock wrote within the message: “As an asymptomatic COVID19 positive patient (quarantine ends 4/26). Another concern i’ve got is that the treatment of COVID patients because it relates to other communicable diseases. i’ve got been forced to quarantine in my home for two weeks.”

She also complained that her “forced” self-quarantine violated her First Amendment rights.

“The reality is that modern society has not been able to eradicate contagious viruses,” she wrote on Facebook.

“A typical public health quarantine would occur in an exceedingly medical facility.

“I are told to not participate publically or private accommodations as requested by the govt., and thus denied my 1st amendment right of freedom of faith.”

She added: “It has been insinuated by others that if i am going out, I may be arrested for denying a quarantine order.”

There are about 8,000 coronavirus cases in North Carolina with 300 deaths. However, the protest group, which boasts of 70,000 members, is looking for the lockdown to be lifted.

The group is created from “mostly business owners and employees that are losing our income and denied our right to produce for our families.”

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