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COVID-19: state stats at a glance — Monday, March 16

In less than a week, the number of cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina grew from seven known cases to 33, as of Monday morning, in the space of six days. There are no deaths in North Carolina caused by the virus.

The number of cases in the U.S. approached 3,500 on Monday and 68 deaths are attributed to the virus nationwide.

In North Carolina, COVID-19 in confirmed present in 14 counties: Watauga in the western region of the state; Cabarrus, Chatham, Durham, Forsyth, Mecklenburg and Wake counties in Piedmont region; and Brunswick, Craven, Harnett, Johnston, Onslow, Wayne and Wilson counties in eastern North Carolina.

The breakdown of North Carolina cases is as follows: Brunswick, 1; Cabarrus, 1; Chatham, 1; Craven, 1; Durham, 1; Forsyth, 2; Johnston, 2; Harnett, 2; Mecklenburg, 4; Onslow, 1; Wake, 14; Wayne, 1; Watauga, 1; Wilson, 1.

According to N.C. Senator Jeff Jackson, the state lab has tested 259 people for COVID-19; the privately owned LabCorp, reportedly has the capacity to test 3,000 samples a day, but it’s unknown how many tests have been done, as the company is not required to report to the state.