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COVID-19: state stats at a glance

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in North Carolina continued to rise from 1,897 Thursday to 2,147 Friday. There have been 22 deaths in the state attributed to the virus.

In a Beaufort County, there were nine confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday. Five of the nine confirmed cases have recovered from COVID-19. Four cases remain active, according to the Friday update from Beaufort County’s Office of Emergency Services.

The number of confirmed cases in the U.S. rose from 236,339 Thursday to 258,214 Friday; this number includes the 9,408 people in the U.S. known to have recovered from COVID-19. The U.S. has the greatest number of cases worldwide, and there are likely many more cases as those exhibiting symptoms are now being encouraged to stay home rather than get tested. Nationwide, 6,605 deaths have been attributed to the virus, an increase of 957 overnight. Five percent of all active cases are considered serious, requiring hospitalization — down from 19% in February, 11% of all U.S. cases have been considered serious, requiring hospitalization.

North Carolina has confirmed cases in 87 counties.

Of Beaufort County’s total of nine cases, contact tracing of these known, confirmed cases has concluded:

  • one case has been contributed to direct contact with a known patient from another county;
  • one case was related to travel to a known outbreak area;
  • five cases are attributed to community spread;
  • two cases are still under investigation.

All active cases are self-isolating, the update reads.

Eastern North Carolina counties with current cases include: Bertie (6), Beaufort (9), Bladen (1), Brunswick (23), Carteret (14), Camden (1), Chowan (1), Columbus (4), Craven (11), Currituck (2); Dare (1), Duplin (3), Edgecombe (4), Gates (1), Greene (5), Halifax (7), Hertford (4), Lenoir (5), Martin (3), New Hanover (42), Northampton (36), Onslow (10), Pamlico (2), Pasquotank (7), Perquimans (1), Pitt (31), Sampson (1), Washington (2), Wayne (9) and Wilson (20). Durham (159), Mecklenburg (564) and Wake (258) counties have the most cases.

“There have been 113 tests completed in Beaufort County to date, with 92 negatives, seven positives and 14 pending. (These are cumulative numbers and include tests performed at the Health Department and reporting private medical facilities throughout our county). Two of our positive cases were tested in other counties,” reads the update from Chris Newkirk, deputy director of Beaufort County Emergency Services.

Beaufort County Health Department is no longer providing community testing due to limited supplies. Medical providers in the county can conduct the COVID-19 test, however, anyone exhibiting symptoms is urged to call their provider and isolate themselves from others, and not seek out medical attention unless experiencing severe symptoms.

“Not everyone should be tested. If a person is sick, they should assume they may have COVID-19 or another communicable disease and stay home until they are fever-free for three days and have been in self-isolation for at least seven days. If their symptoms worsen, then they should contact their provider to see if additional medical attention is needed,” the update reads.