NC reports 40 coronavirus cases across 16 counties


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – North Carolina now has 40 cases of coronavirus spread across 16 counties, state health officials said.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services updated their count at 8:51 a.m. on Tuesday.

North Carolina has not reported any COVID-19-related deaths. South Carolina reported one death on Monday. Virginia has two coronavirus-related deaths.

Wake County has the highest coronavirus count with 15. Mecklenburg County has seven.

NCDHHS releases its number of cases once a day while county health departments have been announcing new cases throughout the day.

The state has completed 376 total tests at the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health. That number does not include tests at university and commercial laboratories.

While the response to the pandemic has evolved rapidly, Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive order that closes all public K-12 schools and stops all gatherings of 100 people or more still stands.

Violations of the order concerning mass gatherings are punishable as a Class 2 misdemeanor.

The ban on gatherings does not include airports, bus and train stations, medical facilities, libraries, shopping malls and spaces where people may be in transit.

Office environments, restaurants, factories, or retail or grocery stores are also excluded.

On Monday, NCDHHS recommended against gatherings of 50 or more people.

President Donald Trump recommended that number be lowered to 10.

  • March 10: Governor Cooper declares State of Emergency
  • March 11: World Health Organization declares COVID-19 a pandemic
  • March 13: President Trump declares National Emergency
  • March 14: Governor Cooper issues Executive Order 117 closing K-12 public schools until at least March 30 and banning gatherings of more than 100 people

Only those who meet the following criteria should ask their doctor or local health department about being tested for COVID-19 through the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health: 

  1. Have fever or lower respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) and close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case within the past 14 days; OR
  2. Have fever and lower respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) and a negative rapid flu test

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