NC reports 2,093 coronavirus cases, 19 deaths


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Seventeen more Durham County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases among Durham County residents to 172.

North Carolina health officials now say 19 residents have died from coronavirus-related complications.

That new figure was released Friday morning as the total number of cases reached 2,093.

A total of 86 counties are reporting COVID-19 cases.

The number of hospitalized patients reached 259 on Friday.

Of the 19 coronavirus-related deaths, 79 percent have been aged 65 or older. No one under the age of 25 has died from the virus in North Carolina.

Mecklenburg County has 564 cases. Wake County has 258. Cumberland County reported eight new cases, bringing its total to 42.

On Thursday, Dr. Mandy Cohen with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services urged residents to stay at home.

Friday’s numbers come as a record-long streak of U.S. job growth ended suddenly in March.

Employers cut 701,000 jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic that’s all but shut down the U.S. economy.

The U.S. unemployment rate jumped to 4.4 percent from a 50-year low of 3.5 percent.

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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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