NC coronavirus updates: cases continue to grow during pandemic

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We keep track of the most recent news on coronavirus in North Carolina. Check back for updates.

Almost 4400 cases

North Carolina reported at least 4,398 cases of coronavirus on Sunday morning, and 87 people have died, according to state and county registers.

More than 400 new cases were reported on Saturday.

Mecklenburg County has 935 reported cases and 11 deaths, the highest in the state.

In the Triangle, Wake County has 449 reported cases, Durham County 277, Orange County 141 and Johnston County 96.

At least 362 people across North Carolina are hospitalized with the coronavirus, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

Religious services at Easter

Most churches in North Carolina will hold online Easter services on Sunday.

Chris Partin, pastor of Plymouth Church in southern Wake County, told The News & Observer that more than 2,000 people have watched his sermons online since the governor banned large gatherings.

He joked, “All of a sudden, I’m a televangelist. “

Some churches will offer drive-in services to worshipers who stay in their cars, reports The News & Observer.

Fourth reported death in nursing home

A fourth resident in a Triangle nursing home has died from COVID-19, officials from Orange County said on Saturday.

The four were at PruittHealth-Carolina Point in Durham, where 66 residents and 20 staff members tested positive for the virus, reports The News & Observer.

Mecklenburg warns against unapproved tests

Mecklenburg County health officials say that at least one rapid test for the coronavirus used in the region is not approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration and may not be accurate.

“He has very low susceptibility to the onset of the disease, which means a higher likelihood of false negative results,” said director of public health Gibbie Harris in a statement, according to The Charlotte Observer.

She warned that unapproved tests could increase the likelihood that those infected do not know their true status and then pass the virus on to others.

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