This breaks my heart.
A dog in North Carolina had signs of respiratory distress and was brought to the NC State Veterinary Hospital on August 3rd at approximately 6 p.m. after the owner noticed the onset of distress earlier in the day, said the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) in a press release.
It was found that a family had previously tested positive for COVID-19 but was later tested negative. According to NCDHHS, samples from the animal were then collected to be tested for the novel coronavirus and sent to the National Veterinary Services Laboratories where the dog was confirmed to have had COVID-19.
Unfortunately, I am saddened to report that the dog has now passed away. The CDC says that there is currently no evidence that pets play a significant role in the spreading of COVID-19. Many animals have contracted COVID-19 in the United States, according to a list maintained by the Department of Agriculture.