Average age of COVID-19 patient in NC is 41, health officials say


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – North Carolina health officials said the average age of someone with COVID-19 in the state is 41.

That average is from the 636 known cases of coronavirus reported by the North Carolina Department Health and Human Services on Thursday.

Dr. Betsy Tilson with NCDHHS said 50 patients are hospitalized across 57 counties.

Tilson also updated the number of completed coronavirus tests to 15,399, up from 12,910 which was announced earlier Thursday. She said 15,000 test results are still pending.

Approximately 50 percent of the state’s 10,000 hospital beds are open, Tilson said.

North Carolina reported two coronavirus-related deaths as of Thursday morning, according to NCDHHS.

A person from Cabarrus County died on Tuesday from complications associated with coronavirus. The patient was in their late 70s and had multiple underlying health conditions, officials said.

A Harnett County resident who was in their late 30s and had an underlying medical condition died from complications related to the disease.

A third person, a Virginia resident, died from complications related to the disease while traveling through North Carolina. The state did not put that death in with its total.

Tilson again stressed the need for North Carolinians to practice social distancing and to stay home if you are experiencing mild symptoms.

COVID-19 timeline

  • March 3: NCDHHS announces state’s first COVID-19 case
  • March 10: Gov. Roy Cooper declares State of Emergency
  • March 11: World Health Organization declares COVID-19 a pandemic
  • March 13: President Donald Trump declares a National Emergency
  • March 14: Cooper issues Executive Order 117 closing K-12 public schools until at least March 30 and banning gatherings of more than 100 people
  • March 16: NCDHHS recommends no mass gatherings for more than 50 people
  • March 17: Cooper issues Executive Order 118 limiting operations of restaurants and bars, and broadening unemployment insurance benefits
  • March 23: Cooper issues Executive Order 120 which closes public K-12 schools through May 15 and orders businesses such as barbershops and salons to close.
  • March 25: North Carolina reports its first coronavirus-related deaths
  • March 29: Trump extends social distancing orders through the end of April
  • March 31: Cooper signs Executive Order 124 which prohibits utilities from disconnecting people who are unable to pay during the pandemic.
  • April 7: Cooper will sign executive orders limiting customers in retailers and offers child care assistance to certain workers
  • April 14: Coronavirus-related deaths top 100 in North Carolina
  • April 24: Cooper extends stay-at-home order to May 8
  • May 5: Cooper announces Phase One of reopening will being May 8

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