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- The number of cases across North Carolina reached 4,312 Saturday. North Carolina is now reporting 80 deaths, 60,393 completed tests and 362 people currently in the hospital.
- Gov. Roy Cooper and the state’s coronavirus task force announced a statewide stay-at-home order which is currently in effect.
- Gov. Henry McMaster has ordered a home or work order in South Carolina.
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Health officials have reported its second COVID-19 related death in Stanly County.
According to officials, the person was an older adult in a residential care facility and had underlying medical conditions.
“We extend our sympathies to the family at this time. We are in close contact with the facility and the state to ensure that all measures are being taken to prevent further spread of this virus,“ David Jenkins, Stanly County Health and Human Services director.
Health officials are reporting the largest one-day increase in positive COVID-19 cases in Cabarrus County.
Officials have confirmed an additional 28 cases of the coronavirus, bringing the total in the county to 125 positive cases.
According to officials, more than half of the newly confirmed cases are from the Five Oaks Rehab facility in Concord.
Officials said more than 300 residents and staff at the facility have been tested for COVID-19 and 190 of those tests are still pending.
Officials are now reporting 19 positive cases of COVID-19 in Caldwell County.
Gov. Henry McMaster said Apple donated 100,000 N95 masks to the South Carolina Emergency Management Division.
McMaster said they will be distributed to medical professionals and first responders in the state.
Officials are now reporting 933 positive cases of the coronavirus in Mecklenburg County.
There have also been 12 COVID-19 related deaths in the county, according to officials.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced 144 new cases of COVID-19 and eight additional deaths.
This brings the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 3,207 and a total of 80 people have died due to the virus.
Officials said the additional deaths were five elderly people with underlying health conditions. They were residents of Beaufort, Clarendon, Florence, Kershaw, and York counties.
There were also two middle-aged people with underlying health conditions that died. They were residents of Greenville and Sumter counties.
There was one death of an elderly person that is still under investigation for any underlying conditions. They were a resident of Dorchester county.
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Officials have confirmed an additional case of COVID-19 in Caldwell County.
This brings the total number of cases in the county to 18.
Burke County health officials say there are 57 positive cases in the area and the cases are from both traveling and community spread.
All patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 are in isolation.
Health officials have identified a new case of coronavirus in Catawba County, bringing the county’s case total to 33.
Officials said they have received 503 negative test results.
The NCDHHS has released the latest numbers surrounding COVID-19 in the state.
As of Saturday morning, there were 4,312 lab-confirmed cases from 91 of the 100 counties across the state. That is an increase of 404 from Friday.
80 people have died from the virus, up 6 from the day before.
There have been 60,393 completed tests and 362 people are currently hospitalized.
Mecklenburg County was reporting at least 935 positive cases.
Age breakdown of positive cases: 0-17 (1%); 18-24 (7%); 25-49 (40%); 50-64 (29%); 65 or older (23%)
Age breakdown of deaths: 25-49 (8%); 50-64 (13%); 65 or older (80%)
55% of those who tested positive are white, while 39% are black.
52% of those who tested positive are women, while men make up 46%, though men account for 71% of the deaths.
There have been 25 outbreaks reported at nursing homes across the state, including three in Mecklenburg County, two in Rowan County, and one each in Burke, Cabarrus, Cleveland and Union counties.
There have been seven reported outbreaks at residential care facilities, including one in Stanly County and one in Mecklenburg County.
Prison officials from the Pasquotank Correctional Institution say five inmates have tested positive for COVID-19.
None of the offenders have been to be hospitalized, but are isolated from the rest of the prison and are under the medical care of the prison medical staff.
Officials reiterated the steps the Division of Prisons is taking to prevent the spread of the virus in prisons and jails throughout the state.
According to Pasquotank officials, all inmates and staff have masks and medical screenings are required for anyone who enters state prisons.
Cabarrus County health officials have released the latest COVID-19 statistics for the county.
As of Saturday morning, the county has 97 confirmed cases of coronavirus -- 46 actives cases, 50 recovered and one death.
Officials said more than 1,400 tests have been administered to Cabarrus County residents and they are waiting on results for 400 additional tests.
The Cabarrus Health Alliance said it expects the total number of confirmed cases to be more than 100 in the next several days.
Mecklenburg County is warning that some rapid tests for COVID-19 may be giving false results.
The public health director said there is at least one non-FDA approved test being used.
The product they are worried about is the same test being given to patients at Star Med Family and Urgent Care on Tuckaseegee Road in west Charlotte. The FDA has not approved the tests.
County Medical Director Dr. Meg Sullivan said there are a couple issues with it. The test may not be very sensitive, mean it might not pick up COVID-19 early on resulting in a false negative.
If someone tests positive, that might not be true because the test isn’t specific to this train of coronavirus.
The county’s fear with these potential false negative tests is that it will give people a false sense of security.
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Newly released data shows two reported cases of COVID-19 in Mecklenburg County were among children less than 1-year-old.
These two cases are of the 869 total positive cases reported in the county.
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