Albemarle man charged after saying he had coronavirus while at grocery store

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ALBEMARLE, N.C. — An Albemarle man is facing charges after saying he had coronavirus while he was out at a grocery store. 

Justin Rhodes was taken into custody last week after Albemarle Police were told that he was doing a Facebook Live video at a Walmart where he was saying he tested positive for COVID-19. 

Rhodes was charged with perpetrating a hoax in a public building and disorderly conduct. He was placed under a $10,000 secure bond. 

His first court appearance is scheduled for March 30 at 9 a.m. 

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