COVID-19: state stats at a glance

Published 5:59 pm Tuesday, May 5, 2020

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The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in North Carolina continued to rise from 11,971 on Monday to 12,445 on Tuesday. There have been 463 deaths in the state attributed to the virus, an increase of 21 overnight. There are currently 534 COVID-19 associated hospitalizations. According to Beaufort County Health Department Director Jim Madson, five of those hospitalizations have been Beaufort County COVID-19 cases; two of those cases have been on ventilators.

In Beaufort County, there were 22 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. Twenty of the 22 confirmed cases have recovered from COVID-19. Two cases remain active, neither of which are hospitalized.

Five of Beaufort County’s positive cases were asymptomatic, meaning they experienced no symptoms.

The number of confirmed cases in the U.S. rose from 1,176,905 on Monday to 1,199,238 on Tuesday; these numbers include the 187,180 people in the U.S. known to have recovered from COVID-19. The U.S. has the highest number of cases worldwide; worldwide, there have been 3,640,835 positive cases. Nationwide, 70,272 deaths have been attributed to the virus, an increase of 3,885 overnight.

North Carolina has confirmed cases in 99 counties.

Of Beaufort County’s total of 22 cases, contact tracing of these known, confirmed cases has concluded:

  • seven cases have been attributed to direct contact with a known patient from another county;
  • two cases were related to travel to a known outbreak area;
  • 13 cases are attributed to community spread.

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

Eastern North Carolina counties with current cases include: Bertie (51), Beaufort (22), Bladen (37), Brunswick (50), Carteret (29), Camden (2), Chowan (7), Columbus (167), Craven (44), Currituck (5); Dare (18), Duplin (132), Edgecombe (123), Gates (9), Greene (22), Halifax (69), Hertford (45), Hyde (1), Jones (18), Lenoir (92), Martin (21), New Hanover (91), Northampton (93), Onslow (51), Pamlico (8), Pasquotank (38), Pender (17), Perquimans (14), Pitt (144), Sampson (100), Tyrrell (4), Washington (25), Wayne (688) and Wilson (182). Durham (773), Mecklenburg (1,758) and Wake (924) counties have the most cases in North Carolina.

There have been 379 tests completed in Beaufort County as of Tuesday, with 345 negatives, 19 positives and 15 pending. These are cumulative numbers and include tests performed at the health department and reporting private medical facilities through the county.

The CDC last week updated its list of possible symptoms of COVID-19, in addition to cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing and fever, to include chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell. Those with the following emergency warning signs for COVID-19 should seek medical attention immediately: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, bluish lips or face. Consult a medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.