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.
Total Number of Coronavirus Cases in NC: 2,402
Total Number of Coronavirus Deaths in NC: 24
Counties with the most cases: Mecklenburg (635), Wake (283), Durham (181), Guilford (79)
Tests completed: 38,773
Total number of current hospitalizations: 271
Orange County is reporting 52 positive COVID-19 cases, while Chatham County is reporting 21.
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North Carolina eclipsed more than 1,000 reported, positive cases on March 29. The state reached the benchmark less than a month after its first positive case, which was reported on March 3.
The first case of #coronavirus in Orange County has been confirmed.
A patient at UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill has tested positive for COVID-19.https://t.co/tAqibNNoV2
— WCHL & Chapelboro (@WCHLChapelboro) March 19, 2020
UNC Health confirmed on Thursday, March 19, that a patient at UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill had tested positive for the virus. On Friday, March 20, state health officials said four people in Orange County have tested positive for COVID-19, the first time NCDHHS had reported cases for the county.
The first case of coronavirus in North Carolina was discovered on March 3 in a Wake County resident who had traveled to the state of Washington and got exposed at a long-term care facility experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19. The second case was discovered in Chatham County after a resident traveled to Italy and experienced flu-like symptoms.
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.