336,656

coronavirus tests have been administered in North Carolina.

23,222

North Carolinians tested positive for coronavirus as of May 24 — 497 more than the day before.

744

North Carolinians have died from coronavirus — 7 more than the day before.

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 May 24, there are 23,222 cases in 100 counties. Mecklenburg County has the highest count in North Carolina with 3,231 cases and 73 deaths.

Orange County is reporting 302 cases and 39 deaths, up from 294 cases the previous day. Chatham County is reporting 578 cases and 26 deaths, up from 573 cases the previous day.

How many people are hospitalized?

There are 587 people currently hospitalized for COVID-19 in North Carolina. Within the state, 77 percent of ventilators are available at hospitals.

North Carolina health officials are reporting that 11,637 residents have presumed to have recovered from coronavirus. This data is updated every Monday.

How many people have died?

The first death linked to coronavirus within North Carolina occurred March 25 in Cabarrus County. As of May 24, 744 people who tested positive for the virus have died.

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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.