Wake County reports 2 new deaths linked to coronavirus


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Two more deaths were attributed to coronavirus on Thursday, according to the Wake County Health Department’s informational website.

An 81-year-old man died Wednesday due to complications associated with the virus. That was the first COVID-19 death in the county.

Across North Carolina, there were 14 more deaths connected to the virus announced on Thursday. The state has at least 5,465 cases, health officials said.

A total of 70,917 COVID-19 tests have been completed in the state and 94 counties now have at least one positive case, according to North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services statistics.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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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