North Carolina added more than 500 cases to its coronavirus total on Saturday, the second consecutive day that statewide counts have jumped to date.
The NCHS DH reported 8,623 confirmed cases of COVID-19, up 571 from Friday’s total. The 444 new cases confirmed on Friday were the largest day-long increase in the state.
The state has also reported 20 new deaths from the pandemic, which has risen to 289. Among infected patients across the state, 456 remain hospitalized.
The updated total reflects the number of cases with positive COVID-19 results, but the DHHS warns that the total is likely higher since not all cases are tested.
On Saturday, the state’s cumulative total took around 14 days to double. The number has remained unchanged from Friday, but is increasing slowly, indicating that the spread of the virus is slowing.
The new state figures came a day after Governor Roy Cooper announced that state schools would close for the rest of the academic year, and two days after the governor extended his stay order. home until May 8.
The News & Observer maintains a separate count based on reports from the DHHS and county health departments, which tends to be higher as the state updates its figures once a day. As of Saturday morning, the total was 8,719 cases and 304 deaths.
All except 5 counties affected
On Saturday, the pandemic hit 95 of 100 counties in North Carolina, compared to 93 where it had stayed for more than a week. The state has reported the first cases in Hyde and Madison counties.
Those not yet affected by the virus are among the least populated in the state, including Graham County and three others in the mountains and Camden County on the coast.
Franklin County, just northeast of Wake, reported on Saturday that two of its health workers had tested positive for the coronavirus. Neither works as a health care provider in the department, said director Scott LaVigne.
Shortly after the first positive result, 48 other workers were tested and most were sent home to isolate and monitor symptoms. Their results should be available on Sunday, said LaVigne.
A Franklin County nursing home has recorded 14 deaths from coronaviruses in the county.