coronavirus tests have been administered in North Carolina.


North Carolinians tested positive for coronavirus as of February 8 – 3,084 more than the day before


North Carolinians have died from coronavirus

97.9 The Hill and Chapelboro.com are tracking the total number of cases of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 in North Carolina. Visit the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ website for a complete map. Here’s what we know about the daily numbers.

Where are the most cases in North Carolina?

The first case of coronavirus within North Carolina was reported on March 3 in Wake County. As of February 8, there are 799,950 cases in 100 counties.

Orange County is reporting 7,152 cases and 87 deaths. Chatham County is reporting 3,918 cases and 70 deaths.

How many cases is UNC reporting?

UNC-Chapel Hill is reporting 610 cumulative cases among its campus community as of February 2021 — 503 students, 107 employees. The university had 50 new cases from on-campus testing last week.

UNC currently has a positivity rate of 0.9% from on-campus testing.

Visit UNC’s coronavirus dashboard for more information, such as the university’s quarantine/isolation capacity and current academic operations.

State of Emergency

Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency on March 10 amid the outbreak of coronavirus. “The main purpose of declaring a state of emergency,” said Cooper, “is increased flexibility to respond and prevent, as well as to allocate funds where needed. The state of emergency can help speed supplies and gives health and emergency managers more budget flexibility. It protects consumers from price gauging. It encourages insurers to make testing available for little or no cost. And it expands the ability to use more health professionals who are working to respond to this virus.”

Information for Residents

North Carolinians with questions or concerns about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak can call the COVID-19 phone line toll-free at 866-462-3821. The Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the CDC, encourages North Carolinians to take the same measures health care providers recommend to prevent the spread of the flu and other viruses. Those practices include frequently washing your hands, avoiding touching your face, staying home if you are sick and covering coughs and sneezes with your elbow.

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