NC reports 255 coronavirus cases; 6,438 tests completed


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – North Carolina health officials said there are 255 cases of COVID-19 across the state as of Sunday morning.

That is a jump from 185 on Saturday. The steep increase in the number of cases can partly be attributed to more tests being completed – not just by the state’s lab but private labs across the country.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said 6,438 tests have been completed while the state lab alone has supplies to test 1,550 more.

North Carolina has not reported any COVID-19 related deaths as of Sunday morning.

Mecklenburg County has 66 cases while Wake and Durham counties have 40 each. At least 39 counties are reporting at least one case.

The CDC says there are 15,219 cases of the disease across the country. A total of 201 deaths are being blamed on COVID-19.

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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