COVID-19: state stats at a glance

Published 7:25 pm Friday, May 22, 2020

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The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in North Carolina continued to rise from 20,512 on Thursday to 21,781 on Friday. There have been 761 deaths in the state attributed to the virus, an increase of 33 deaths overnight. The state currently has 568 COVID-19 associated hospitalizations and 11,637 people are presumed recovered from the virus in North Carolina, according to the Friday update from Beaufort County Emergency Services and Beaufort County Health Department.

Beaufort County has had a total of 35 confirmed cases as of Friday. Twenty-nine of the 35 confirmed cases have recovered from COVID-19. Six cases remain active.

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

The number of confirmed cases in the U.S. rose from 1,562,714 on Thursday to 1,596,633 on Friday; these numbers include 298,418 people in the U.S. presumed recovered from COVID-19. The U.S. has the highest number of cases worldwide; worldwide, there have been 5,178,911 confirmed cases. Nationwide, 95,823 deaths have been attributed to the virus, an increase of 1,960 overnight.

North Carolina has had confirmed cases in 100 counties.

Of Beaufort County’s total of 35 cases, contact tracing of these known, confirmed cases has concluded:

  • 16 cases have been attributed to direct contact with another known positive case;
  • two cases were related to travel to a known outbreak area;
  • 17 cases are attributed to community spread.

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

Eastern North Carolina counties with current cases include: Bertie (108), Beaufort (35), Bladen (91), Brunswick (68), Carteret (36), Camden (3), Chowan (15), Columbus (285), Craven (142), Currituck (11); Dare (22), Duplin (545), Edgecombe (176), Gates (14), Greene (58), Halifax (143), Hertford (61), Hyde (1), Jones (26), Lenoir (175), Martin (48), New Hanover (146), Northampton (137), Onslow (85), Pamlico (10), Pasquotank (95), Pender (61), Perquimans (23), Pitt (246), Sampson (345), Tyrrell (4), Washington (26), Wayne (949) and Wilson (275). Durham (1,169), Mecklenburg (2,954) and Wake (1,389) counties have the most cases in North Carolina.

There had been 755 tests completed in Beaufort County as of Friday, with 663 negatives, 32 positives and 60 pending. These are cumulative numbers and include tests performed at the health department and reporting private medical facilities through the county. Three of Beaufort County’s number were tested in other counties but are Beaufort County residents.

The update reminded county residents to “practice the Three W’s:” wear face coverings, wait 6 feet apart and wash your hands often.