Durham, Wake counties record 84 COVID-19 cases, more than 500 across NC


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Wake County officials say as of 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, there are 84 positive COVID-19 cases in the county.

Ten more Durham County residents have tested positive for coronavirus bringing the total number of cases among Durham County residents to 84. 

The Durham County Department of Public Health (DCoDPH) has notified any Durham County residents who may have come in close contact with these individuals while the individuals were symptomatic.

North Carolina health officials now say there are 504 cases of coronavirus across the state.

The number of cases stood at 398 on Tuesday.

The state also announced two coronavirus-related deaths on Wednesday. A person in their late 70s from Cabarrus County died on March 24 from complications associated with the virus.

That patient had several underlying medical conditions.

The second death was a person in their 60s from Virginia who was traveling through North Carolina.

The number of cases has steadily moved up since North Carolina announced its first case on March 3.

The increase in cases can be connected to the expansion of testing – which occurs at the N.C. State Laboratory of Public Health as well as hospitals and commercial labs.

The state said a total of 10,489 tests have been completed – close to 2,000 additional tests as compared to Tuesday.

Number of COVID-19 tests completed in North Carolina

  • March 18: 1,850
  • March 19: 2,505
  • March 20: 3,233
  • March 21: 5,276
  • March 22: 6,438
  • March 23: 8,438
  • March 24: 8,502
  • March 25: 10,489
  • March 26: 12,910
  • March 27: 15,136

Durham Mayor Steve Schewel is expected to announce a “stay-at-home” order Wednesday morning – which would restrict movement by the public except for essential jobs and tasks related to health and food.

Mecklenburg County issued a similar order on Tuesday – which is set to take effect at 8 a.m. Thursday. In Mecklenburg County, roughly 1 in 5 reported cases were hospitalized due to their COVID-19 infection.

And a little more than half of Mecklenburg County’s patients were ages 20-39.

On Tuesday, Dr. Betsy Tilson with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services issued new guidance in terms of what the public should do if they are experiencing mild COVID-19 symptoms.

“Stay at home,” Tilson said.

She asked for anyone with mild symptoms to stay at home and call their doctor so testing and medical supplies go to those who are high risk.

The Chatham County Public Health Department said it was notified of three additional positive tests on Tuesday. Wayne County confirmed its third patient on Wednesday afternoon. Cumberland County announced three new cases, bringing its total to eight.

On March 6, Chatham County announced its first COVID-19 case. That case was the second coronavirus case in the state.

Chatham County Public Health Director Layton Long asked the public to not focus on the number of cases but to see that there are cases as a result of community transmission.

“Stay home and away from public places to the fullest extent possible, practice social distancing, if you do have to go out, do not go out,” Long said.

Gov. Roy Cooper has a press conference scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Johns Hopkins University said there have been 803 coronavirus-related deaths in the U.S.

As of Wednesday morning, the University said there are 55,243 cases across America.

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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