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CORONAVIRUS: Nash County reports first COVID-19 death

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Published: Mar. 13, 2020 at 9:11 PM EDT
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The Nash County Health Department says a man in his 70's has died from complications related to COVID-19.

Health officials say the man had underlying medical conditions. He passed away on Tuesday.

As of Wednesday morning, Nash County had 25 cases.

Here in Eastern Carolina, deaths have happened in Bertie, Carteret (2), Hertford County, Nash County, Northampton County, Onslow County, Pitt County, and Wilson County (2).

Eastern Carolina Cases

• Beaufort County - 10 cases

• Bertie County - 9 cases, 1 death

• Carteret County - 19 cases, 2 deaths

• Craven County - 18 cases

• Currituck County - 3 cases

• Dare County - 10 cases

• Duplin County - 7 cases

• Edgecombe County - 11 cases

• Gates County - 2 cases

• Greene County - 10 cases

• Halifax County - 13 cases

• Hertford County - 5 cases

• Lenoir County - 11 cases

• Martin County - 4 cases

• Nash County - 25 cases, 1 death

• Northampton County - 54 cases, 1 death

• Onslow County - 23 cases, 1 death

• Pamlico County - 3 cases

• Pasquotank County - 8 cases

• Perquimans County - 9 cases

• Pitt County - 49 cases, 1 death

• Washington County - 7 cases

• Wayne County - 34 cases

• Wilson County - 38 cases, 2 deaths


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Wayne County is reporting 34 cases of the coronavirus as of Wednesday morning.

The county reported 12 cases on Monday. In Carteret County, there are 19 reported case, with 11 recoveries.

Dare County is now reporting 10 cases, with community spread likely.

In Nash County, we know there are 25 reported cases. County health officials say five people have recovered, five are in the hospital, and 15 are isolated at home.

Eastern Carolina Cases

• Beaufort County - 10 cases

• Bertie County - 9 cases, 1 death

• Carteret County - 19 cases, 2 deaths

• Craven County - 18 cases

• Currituck County - 3 cases

• Dare County - 10 cases

• Duplin County - 7 cases

• Edgecombe County - 11 cases

• Gates County - 2 cases

• Greene County - 10 cases

• Halifax County - 13 cases

• Hertford County - 5 cases

• Lenoir County - 11 cases

• Martin County - 4 cases

• Nash County - 25 cases

• Northampton County - 54 cases, 1 death

• Onslow County - 23 cases, 1 death

• Pamlico County - 3 cases

• Pasquotank County - 8 cases

• Perquimans County - 9 cases

• Pitt County - 49 cases, 1 death

• Washington County - 7 cases

• Wayne County - 34 cases

• Wilson County - 38 cases, 2 deaths


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There are now 50 deaths in the state from the coronavirus, while one Eastern Carolina county is reporting its first cases of the virus.

Figures released this morning from the Department of Health & Human Services show 46 people have died. That figure does not include two deaths in Carteret County, and one each in Northampton and Pitt counties.

Here in Eastern Carolina, deaths have happened in Bertie, Carteret (2), Hertford County, Northampton County, Onslow County, Pitt County, and Wilson County (2).

Cases of COVID-19 have jumped to 3,221 across the state, up from 2,870 on Monday.

Tuesday morning, Jones County announced their first two cases of COVID-19. Both residents went to the hospital on Sunday with symptoms and remain there today.

Eastern Carolina Cases

• Beaufort County - 10 cases

• Bertie County - 9 cases, 1 death

• Carteret County - 19 cases, 2 deaths

• Craven County - 18 cases

• Currituck County - 3 cases

• Dare County - 10 cases

• Duplin County - 7 cases

• Edgecombe County - 11 cases

• Gates County - 2 cases

• Greene County - 10 cases

• Halifax County - 13 cases

• Hertford County - 5 cases

• Lenoir County - 11 cases

• Martin County - 4 cases

• Nash County - 25 cases

• Northampton County - 53 cases, 1 death

• Onslow County - 23 cases, 1 death

• Pamlico County - 3 cases

• Pasquotank County - 8 cases

• Perquimans County - 9 cases

• Pitt County - 49 cases, 1 death

• Washington County - 7 cases

• Wayne County - 32 cases

• Wilson County - 36 cases, 2 deaths

Statewide, 42% of the confirmed cases are people between 25 and 49 years old, 29% between 50 and 64, 20% 65 and older, and 8% between 18 and 24. Just 1% of the cases are 17 years of age and under.


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Pitt County health officials say there are now 44 confirmed cases in the county as of 9:15 a.m. Tuesday.

The county also reported its first death on Monday. Health officials say a resident in their 70's who had underlying medical conditions died over the weekend.

According to Vidant Medical Center, 29 patients are currently being treated for COVID-19 at the hospital.

In Wilson County, health officials are reporting the second COVID-19 death.

They say the patient was in her late 50's with underlying medical conditions. The first death was on April 2nd and the patient was in her early 60's, with underlying health conditions.

As of Tuesday morning, deaths have been reported in the following counties: Bertie, Brunswick, Buncombe, Burke, Cabarrus, Carteret, Catawba, Cherokee, Davie, Durham, Forsyth, Gaston, Guilford, Harnett, Johnston, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Northampton, Onslow, Pitt, Randolph, Rockingham, Rowan, Wilkes and Wilson counties.

There are 2,870 cases statewide, and there are cases in 89 of North Carolina's 100 counties.

Eastern Carolina Cases

• Beaufort County - 10 cases, 6 recovered

• Bertie County - 7 cases, 1 death

• Carteret County - 18 cases, 2 deaths

• Craven County - 18 cases, 7 recovered, 7 related to out of state travel, 9 community spread, 2 direct contact

• Currituck County - 2 cases

• Dare County - 6 cases

• Duplin County - 5 cases

• Edgecombe County - 5 cases

• Gates County - 1 case

• Greene County - 10 cases, 3 recovered

• Halifax County - 13 cases, 5 recovered, 20 being monitored

• Hertford County - 4 cases

• Lenoir County - 9 cases

• Martin County - 3 cases

• Nash County - 22 cases, 3 recovered, 5 hospitalized, 14 isolated at home

• Northampton County - 53 cases, 1 death, 5 recovered

• Onslow County - 22 cases, 1 death

• Pamlico County - 3 cases

• Pasquotank County - 8 cases

• Perquimans County - 2 cases

• Pitt County - 44 cases, 1 death

• Washington County - 7 cases

• Wayne County - 23 cases

• Wilson County - 33 cases, 2 deaths, 10 hospitalized, 13 recovered, 8 at home


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Pitt County has announced its first death due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The county says a resident in their 70s who had underlying medical conditions died over the weekend.

The Pitt County death is the 37th in the state. This morning, Carteret County reported its second death from the virus. That man was in his 80's and had underlying medical conditions. He passed away on April 2nd.

Statewide, there are 2,870 confirmed cases of the virus in 89 of the state's 100 counties.

In Eastern Carolina, only Camden, Hyde, Jones, and Tyrrell counties have not reported any cases.

Eastern Carolina Cases

• Beaufort County - 10 cases

• Bertie County - 7 cases, 1 death

• Carteret County - 18 cases, 1 death

• Craven County - 18 cases

• Currituck County - 2 cases

• Dare County - 6 cases

• Duplin County - 5 cases

• Edgecombe County - 5 cases

• Gates County - 1 case

• Greene County - 10 cases

• Halifax County - 11 cases

• Hertford County - 4 cases

• Lenoir County - 9 cases

• Martin County - 3 cases

• Nash County - 21 cases

• Northampton County - 46 cases, 1 death

• Onslow County - 22 cases, 1 death

• Pamlico County - 3 cases

• Pasquotank County - 8 cases

• Perquimans County - 2 cases

• Pitt County - 42 cases, 1 death

• Washington County - 7 cases

• Wayne County - 11 cases

• Wilson County - 29 cases, 1 death

State health officials say there are currently eight outbreaks at nursing homes, three outbreaks at residential care facilities, and two outbreaks at correctional facilities.

Of the 37 deaths, 82% are people 65 years and older, while 70% are men.


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The number of deaths due to the coronavirus continues to climb, hitting 36 across the state this morning.

Carteret County health officials confirm a county resident has died from COVID-19 complications.

They say the man was in his 80's and had underlying medical conditions. He passed away on April 2nd.

The Carteret County Health Department announced a COVID-19 death of a Virginia resident on March 30th. County health officials say there have been 18 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Statewide, there are 2,870 confirmed cases of the virus in 89 of the state's 100 counties.

In Eastern Carolina, only Camden, Hyde, Jones, and Tyrrell counties have not reported any cases.

Eastern Carolina Cases

• Beaufort County - 9 cases

• Bertie County - 7 cases, 1 death

• Carteret County - 18 cases, 1 death

• Craven County - 18 cases

• Currituck County - 2 cases

• Dare County - 6 cases

• Duplin County - 5 cases

• Edgecombe County - 5 cases

• Gates County - 1 case

• Greene County - 8 cases

• Halifax County - 10 cases

• Hertford County - 4 cases

• Lenoir County - 9 cases

• Martin County - 3 cases

• Nash County - 21 cases

• Northampton County - 46 cases, 1 death

• Onslow County - 18 cases, 1 death

• Pamlico County - 3 cases

• Pasquotank County - 8 cases

• Perquimans County - 2 cases

• Pitt County - 38 cases

• Washington County - 6 cases

• Wayne County - 11 cases

• Wilson County - 29 cases, 1 death

State health officials say there are currently eight outbreaks at nursing homes, three outbreaks at residential care facilities, and two outbreaks at correctional facilities.

Of the 36 deaths, 82% are people 65 years and older, while 70% are men.


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Coronavirus cases in our state have reached 2,585 and there are 33 deaths.

As of Monday morning, deaths have been reported in the following counties: Bertie, Brunswick, Buncombe, Burke, Cabarrus, Carteret, Catawba, Davie, Durham, Forsyth, Gaston, Guilford, Harnett, Johnston, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Northampton, Onslow, Randolph, Rockingham, Rowan, Wilkes and Wilson counties.

The NC Department of Health and Human Services website lists 31 deaths, which does not include the deaths in Carteret and Northampton counties. The Carteret County Health Department says the person was from Virginia, so the death will be counted in their home county, while the Northampton County resident died at a hospital in Virginia.

Greene County confirmed 8 positive cases as of 9:30 a.m. Monday morning. The health department says three of those people have recovered and are doing well.

Dare County officials confirmed their sixth positive COVID-19 case on Sunday morning. Officials say they do not know how the person contracted the virus and it's possible they could've been in contact with someone who did not have symptoms.

Across the state, there are now positive cases in 89 of the state's 100 counties. Nearly half of COVID-19 patients in our state (41%) are between 25-49 years old, but 84% of deaths are in people 65 and older, according to DHHS.

State health officials say more men have died from the virus in North Carolina than women.

North Carolina has completed 40,045 tests and there are currently 261 COVID-19 patients hospitalized.

Eastern Carolina Cases

• Beaufort County - 9 cases, 5 recovered

• Bertie County - 7 cases, 1 death

• Carteret County - 16 cases, 1 death

• Craven County - 15 cases

• Currituck County - 2 cases

• Dare County - 6 cases

• Duplin County - 5 cases

• Edgecombe County - 5 cases

• Greene County - 8 cases

• Halifax County - 10 cases

• Hertford County - 4 cases

• Lenoir County - 9 cases

• Martin County - 3 cases

• Nash County - 21 cases

• Northampton County - 36 cases, 1 death

• Onslow County - 13 cases, 1 death

• Pamlico County - 3 cases

• Pasquotank County - 8 cases

• Perquimans County - 2 cases

• Pitt County - 38 cases

• Washington County - 6 cases

• Wayne County - 11 cases

• Wilson County - 29 cases, 1 death, 10 in hospital, 8 recovered, 10 isolated at home.


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The number of coronavirus cases in the state has surpassed 2,400, while deaths have reached 28.

On Saturday evening, Durham County officials confirmed their first COVID-19 related death.

The Health Department says the individual was over 65 years old and had underlying health conditions.

Johnston County also confirmed it's third death on Saturday evening.

Here in Eastern Carolina, deaths have been reported in Bertie, Carteret, Northampton, Onslow, and Wilson counties.

The latest figures from the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services were released Saturday morning.

State numbers show 26 deaths and that doesn't include a Virginia man who passed away in Carteret County and a nursing home patient in Northampton County.

The deaths have occurred in Bertie, Buncombe, Cabarrus, Carteret, Cherokee, Davie (2), Durham, Forsyth, Gaston, Guilford (3), Harnett (2), Johnston (3), Mecklenburg (2), Montgomery, Northampton, Onslow, Randolph, Rockingham, Rowan, & Wilkes counties.

Across the state, there are now 2,405 cases in 88 of the state's 100 counties.

State health officials say 42% of the cases have hit people between 25 and 49 years old, while 28% are between 50 and 64. Those 65 and older make up 20% of the confirmed cases.

There are currently six ongoing outbreaks in nursing homes across the state, four in residential care facilities, and two at correctional facilities.

Eastern Carolina Cases

• Beaufort County - 9 cases

• Bertie County - 7 cases, 1 death

• Carteret County - 16 cases, 1 death

• Craven County - 15 cases

• Currituck County - 2 cases

• Dare County - 6 cases

• Duplin County - 5 cases

• Edgecombe County - 5 cases

• Greene County - 6 cases

• Halifax County - 10 cases

• Hertford County - 4 cases

• Lenoir County - 7 cases

• Martin County - 3 cases

• Nash County - 21 cases

• Northampton County - 36 cases, 1 death

• Onslow County - 13 cases, 1 death

• Pamlico County - 3 cases

• Pasquotank County - 8 cases

• Perquimans County - 1 case

• Pitt County - 35 cases

• Washington County - 3 cases

• Wayne County - 11 cases

• Wilson County - 28 cases, 1 death


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The death toll has reached 17 people in the coronavirus outbreak in North Carolina.

A death in Gaston County is the latest to be added to the state count.

The Department of Health & Human Services list shows 16 deaths and does not include one in Carteret County that involved a Virginia person.

Other deaths have happened in Bertie, Buncombe, Carteret, Cabarrus, Cherokee, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Harnett, Johnston, Mecklenburg, Northampton, Onslow, Rockingham, Rowan, and Wilkes counties.

On Friday morning, Pamlico County confirmed the one positive case in the county was travel-related.

Statewide, the number of confirmed cases continues to climb. Eighty-three counties now have cases that total 1,857.

Eastern Carolina Cases

• Beaufort County - 7 cases

• Bertie County - 6 cases, 1 death

• Carteret County - 15 cases, 1 death

• Craven County - 10 cases

• Currituck County - 2 case

• Dare County - 3 cases

• Duplin County - 4 cases

• Edgecombe County - 4 cases

• Greene County - 5 cases

• Halifax County - 10 cases

• Hertford County - 4 cases

• Lenoir County - 5 cases

• Martin County - 3 cases

• Nash County - 16 cases

• Northampton County - 36 cases, 1 death

• Onslow County - 10 cases, 1 death

• Pamlico County - 1 case

• Pasquotank County - 7 cases

• Perquimans County - 1 case

• Pitt County - 31 cases

• Washington County - 2 cases

• Wayne County - 6 cases

• Wilson County - 20 cases


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Some Eastern Carolina counties are confirming more positive COVID-19 cases.

Halifax County confirmed a seventh positive case Thursday morning. Health officials say they are following up with other people who may have been exposed to this person.

The Pamlico County Health Department says a second person tested positive in the county. They say that person has been in isolation since being tested.

While the case count continues to climb, so does the death toll. Rockingham County says a resident died from complications of COVID-19 on Wednesday. The patient was in their 60's and had underlying medical conditions.

This marks our state's 15th death related to the coronavirus.

Other deaths have happened in Bertie, Buncombe, Carteret, Cabarrus, Cherokee, Forsyth, Guilford, Harnett, Johnston, Mecklenburg, Northampton, Onslow, Rowan, and Wilkes counties.

Eastern Carolina Cases

• Beaufort County - 7 cases

• Bertie County - 6 cases, 1 death

• Carteret County - 15 cases, 1 death

• Craven County - 7 cases

• Currituck County - 1 case

• Dare County - 3 cases

• Duplin County - 2 cases

• Edgecombe County - 3 cases

• Greene County - 4 cases

• Halifax County - 7 cases

• Hertford County - 4 cases

• Lenoir County - 3 cases

• Martin County - 3 cases

• Nash County - 12 cases

• Northampton County - 33 cases, 1 death

• Onslow County - 9 cases, 1 death

• Pamlico County - 2 cases

• Pasquotank County - 4 cases

• Perquimans County - 1 case

• Pitt County - 29 cases

• Washington County - 2 cases

• Wayne County - 5 cases

• Wilson County - 16 cases


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A Bertie County resident is the latest person to die from the coronavirus.

The county says the resident was at least 65 years old.

This is the 14th death so far in the state from the virus.

Other deaths have happened in Buncombe, Carteret, Cabarrus, Cherokee, Forsyth, Guilford, Harnett, Johnston, Mecklenburg, Northampton, Onslow, Rowan, and Wilkes counties.

Overall, the number of cases in the state continues to rise. The official figure from the state says there are 1,584 confirmed cases.

Greene County this morning reported its fourth COVID-19 case. It appears that latest case is an employee of Maury Correctional who was last at work a week ago.

Eastern Carolina Cases

• Beaufort County - 7 cases

• Bertie County - 6 cases, 1 death

• Carteret County - 15 cases, 1 death

• Craven County - 7 cases

• Currituck County - 1 case

• Dare County - 3 cases

• Duplin County - 2 cases

• Edgecombe County - 3 cases

• Greene County - 4 cases

• Halifax County - 6 cases

• Hertford County - 4 cases

• Lenoir County - 3 cases

• Martin County - 3 cases

• Nash County - 12 cases

• Northampton County - 33 cases, 1 death

• Onslow County - 9 cases, 1 death

• Pamlico County - 1 case

• Pasquotank County - 4 cases

• Perquimans County - 1 case

• Pitt County - 29 cases

• Washington County - 2 cases

• Wayne County - 5 cases

• Wilson County - 16 cases


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The death toll from the coronavirus in North Carolina now stands at 13, according to figures compiled by WITN.

The latest death happened in Wilkes County late Tuesday. Health officials say the patient was in their late 60s.

The state Department of Health and Human Services reports only 9 deaths in the state, but those do not include those in Carteret, Cabarrus, Hertford, and now Wilkes counties.

Overall, the number of cases in the state continues to rise. The official figure from the state says there are 1,584 confirmed cases.

Greene County this morning reported its fourth COVID-19 case. It appears that latest case is an employee of Maury Correctional who was last at work a week ago.

Eastern Carolina Cases

• Beaufort County - 7 cases

• Bertie County - 6 cases

• Carteret County - 15 cases, 1 death

• Craven County - 7 cases

• Currituck County - 1 case

• Dare County - 2 cases

• Duplin County - 2 cases

• Edgecombe County - 3 cases

• Greene County - 4 cases

• Halifax County - 5 cases

• Hertford County - 4 cases

• Lenoir County - 3 cases

• Martin County - 3 cases

• Nash County - 9 cases

• Northampton County - 30 cases, 1 death

• Onslow County - 7 cases, 1 death

• Pamlico County - 1 case

• Pasquotank County - 4 cases

• Perquimans County - 1 case

• Pitt County - 27 cases

• Washington County - 2 cases

• Wayne County - 4 cases

• Wilson County - 15 cases


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There are now twelve coronavirus related deaths in North Carolina.

The Department of Health and Human Services says there are 1,498 cases.

There have been deaths in Cherokee, Buncombe, Cabarrus, Carteret, Forsyth, Guilford, Harnett, Johnston, Mecklenburg, Northampton, Onslow and Rowan counties.

The latest case is from Guilford County where a 78-year-old resident died Tuesday from the virus.

The deaths in Carteret and Northampton counties are not being counted on the DHHS website. The Carteret County Health Department says the person was from Virginia, so the death will be counted in their home county. The Northampton County resident died at a hospital in Virginia.

The Carteret County Health Department confirmed an additional case in the county, bringing the total to 12.

The county says they have tested 239 people. Of those tests, 12 were positive, 113 negative and they are pending 114 results. The health department says they expect to see more positive cases.

Health officials say eight patients have recovered from the virus.

Craven County confirmed three new cases Tuesday afternoon. One is a patient at CarolinaEast Medical Center. That person is in stable condition.

The county says the other two unrelated cases are the county's first confirmed occasions for community transmission of the virus. Both residents have been under isolation.

Halifax County also confirmed its fifth and sixth positive cases Tuesday. Health officials say they are following up with other people who may have been exposed to these residents.

The Pitt County Health Department is reporting one new case since Tuesday. Health officials say there are now 26 cases of coronavirus in the county.

Martin County reported its first two cases, according to Martin-Tyrrell-Washington District Health. The health department says it was notified of the cases today and is following up with those who may have been exposed.

Eastern Carolina Cases

• Northampton County - 30; 1 death

• Pitt County - 26

• Wilson County - 13

• Carteret County - 12; 8 recovered, 1 death

• Nash County - 9

• Onslow County - 7; 2 recovered, 1 death

• Bertie County - 6

• Craven County - 6

• Beaufort County - 5

• Halifax County - 5

• Hertford County - 4

• Pasquotank County - 4

• Wayne County - 4

• Edgecome County - 3

• Greene County - 3

• Lenoir County - 3

• Martin County - 2

• Washington County - 2

• Currituck County - 1

• Duplin County - 1

• Pamlico County - 1

• Perquimans County - 1


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There are now two deaths related to the coronavirus in Eastern Carolina.

Onslow County officials say a resident in their 70s died from complications associated with the virus.

The patient died last Sunday and test results received today confirm that they died of pneumonia secondary to the coronavirus.

The Carteret County Health Department says a person in their 80s from Virginia died there on Saturday. They say the person had several underlying medical conditions.

County health officials say since the person was from Virginia, the death will be counted in their home county and not Carteret County.

Carteret County now has 11 confirmed cases of the virus.

Earlier today, the state reported six deaths so far in North Carolina.


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A sixth person has died from COVID-19 in North Carolina.

The Department of Health and Human Services now says there have been deaths in Buncombe, Cabarrus, Harnett, Johnston, Mecklenburg, and Rowan counties.

State figures show 1,307 confirmed cases in the state.

Nearly half of those cases are from people 25-49, while 67% of the deaths are people 65 years of age and older.

Pitt County confirmed seven new cases Monday morning, bringing the total to 20 cases. County officials say they do not believe there are any community spread cases.

Carteret County reported Monday four additional cases, bringing their number to 11.

Beaufort County confirmed its fourth positive case. County leaders say it is under investigation and all are self-isolating.

Halifax County confirmed its third & fourth positive cases Monday. Health officials did not say how the people believed to have contracted the virus, but they are following up with other people who may have been exposed to this.

Nearly every county in Eastern Carolina has at least one confirmed case of COVID-19. Northampton County has the most with 26 cases. Health leaders there say 24 cases come from a single facility, but they could not confirm what that facility is.

Over the weekend Washington and Pamlico counties reported their first cases. Both patients are in isolation and their county health departments are working to find out who they may have been in contact with.

Mecklenburg County still tops the state in confirmed cases at 382.

Eastern Carolina Cases

• Northampton County - 26

• Pitt County - 20

• Wilson County - 11

• Carteret County - 11

• Onslow County - 6

• Bertie County - 6

• Craven County - 5

• Beaufort County - 4

• Halifax County - 4

• Nash County - 4

• Wayne County - 4

• Greene County - 3

• Lenoir County - 3

• Hertford County - 2

• Pasquotank County - 2

• Currituck County - 1

• Duplin County - 1

• Edgecome County - 1

• Pamlico County - 1

• Perquimans County - 1

• Washington County - 1


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Washington County has its first confirmed COVID-19 case.

Officials with the Martin-Tyrrell-Washington District Health Department were notified of the positive test on Sunday by the state lab.

Health officials are still investigating the case and following up with individuals who may have been exposed.

The patient has been in isolation and is recovering at home.

No other details were provided about how the patient may have contracted the virus.

The health department is again reminding residents to follow proper social distancing and hygiene protocols.

The Pamlico County Health Department also received confirmation of their first positive COVID-19 case.

The individual was tested back on March 23rd and has been in isolation since then.

The county's COVID-19 task force is working to conduct contract tracing to make sure anyone who came into close contact with the person is isolated as well.


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State health officials say there are now 1,040 cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina.

The NC Department of Health and Human Services is reporting 4 deaths and 91 hospitalizations from the virus. The deaths have been confirmed in Cabarrus, Harnett, Johnston, and Rowan counties.

The NCDHHS map indicates cases in 69 of North Carolina's 100 counties.

Mecklenburg County is reporting 315 positive cases, or nearly one-third of the cases in the state. 134 cases have been confirmed in Wake County, and 103 in Durham County.

The statewide stay at home order is effective Monday at 5 p.m. This means people should stay home unless their travel is essential.


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Morehead City officials confirm an employee has tested positive for COVID-19.

No information about which department that person works in will be released in order to protect the privacy of the individual.

City officials say the person has not been to work since March 20th and will stay in self-quarantine based on health protocols.

“We know this is a challenging time for our community and staff,” said City Manager Ryan Eggleston. “We are working with leaders across the organization to adapt and adjust so that we can continue to deliver necessary City services while protecting the health and safety of our community and workforce.”

There have been seven confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Carteret County. Two people have recovered from the virus.

Halifax County health officials have confirmed a second case of coronavirus in the county. They say they're following up with others who may have had contact with this person. No other information was provided.


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State health officials say there are now 935 cases of COVID-19 across North Carolina.

NCDHHS is reporting there are cases in 63 of North Carolina's 100 counties. There have been four deaths and nearly 90 people have been hospitalized. The deaths have been confirmed in Cabarrus, Harnett, Johnston, and Rowan counties.

Mecklenburg County is reporting 299 cases, which is more than 100 new cases since Friday morning.

Governor Roy Cooper issued a stay at home order effective Monday at 5 p.m. This means people should stay home unless their travel is essential.


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Governor Roy Cooper is putting the entire state under a stay at home order, to combat the coronavirus.

And President Trump signed the trillion-dollar coronavirus bill, authorizing money to go towards economic recovery in the United States.

COVID-19 is confirmed in 60 of North Carolina's 100 counties, with three deaths in our state.

Pitt County took the lead a few days ago, enforcing the stay at home initiative, and with other counties in the state following with the same order. Governor Cooper made the mandate mandatory statewide.

The stay at home order goes into effect Monday at 5, meaning people should stay home unless they have essential travel.

The order is mandatory in all 100 counties and Governor Cooper said if people don't take the pandemic seriously and restrict themselves from going out unless necessary, local law enforcement has the authority to enforce this order.

"It's what we have to do to save lives. It has the force of law. This order directs you to stay home unless you need to leave for essentials. Your job, food, medicine or exercise or to help someone," Governor Cooper said.

The order also bans gatherings of more than 10 people and directs everyone to stay at least 6 feet away from each other.

Governor Cooper said this is all to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. The stay at home order is valid until April 29th but can be revised or extended.

And like a lot of orders already in place in some locations, it does not restrict people from going to essential jobs or making trips to the doctor's office, pharmacies, grocery stores, and other vital services.

The governor also wants people to think of others. Cooper said to consider doctors, nurses, other hospital staff - people who will be stretched beyond capacity if we are unable to slow the spread.

For those whose jobs are affected by the stay at home order, President Trump signed the coronavirus stimulus bill authorizing up to $6.2-trillion in money toward economic recovery.

"This legislation provides direct payments to individuals and unprecedented support to small businesses. We are going to keep our small businesses strong and our big businesses strong," President Trump said.

Governor Cooper said the checks that are coming to people, is critical to helping families and business survive.

"I'm happy about the money that's going to go to small businesses through the SBA. Small business administration. I've been concerned about their ability to get it out as quickly as we need it. A lot of these small businesses are undercapitalized and are hanging by a thread right now," Governor Cooper said.


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Governor Roy Cooper is putting the entire state under a 'stay at home' order to combat the coronavirus.

The virus is now confirmed in 60 of the 100 counties, and there have been three confirmed deaths in North Carolina.

Cooper said the enforcement begins at 5:00 p.m. Monday. Like many orders already in place in some locations, it does allow for people with essential jobs to go to work, and residents will be permitted to go to grocery stores, doctor offices, pharmacies, and other vital services.


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The number of coronavirus cases in North Carolina has jumped to 767 in new figures released this morning. The Department of Health & Human Services also reports the third death related to the pandemic.

The latest death happened in Johnston County.

The county says the person, who was in their mid-sixties, died Thursday. They said the patient had underlying medical conditions.

Latest figures from the state show 9 cases of COVID-19 in Johnston County.

Here in Eastern Carolina, Pitt County continues to have the most cases with 11 now. There's no new information on the latest case which was added today.

Friday afternoon, Halifax & Perquimans counties confirmed their first cases of the coronavirus, while Craven County reported its fourth case.

Eastern Carolina Cases

• Pitt County - 11

• Carteret County - 5

• Craven County - 4

• Onslow County - 4

• Beaufort County - 3

• Bertie County - 3

• Greene County - 3

• Lenoir County - 3

• Duplin County - 1


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North Carolina is nearing 700 cases of COVID-19.

There are now 675 cases across the state. Pitt County has the most in our area with 10 cases. We learned one of those people is an ECU student who recently came back from Florida. Health leaders say that student has not been on campus.

Greene County reported three positive cases. The health department says all patients are isolated at home.

Lenoir County also confirmed its third case on Thursday. Like the other two, officials say this was travel-related.

Mecklenburg County still has the most cases in the state with 181. Durham and Wake counties follow with close to 100 in both of those areas.

WITN independently confirmed these numbers on Friday morning.


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Greene County is the latest county in Eastern Carolina to get confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

The county health department says three residents were tested on Monday and those results came back today.

The three are isolated at home and are doing well.

In Lenoir County, they confirmed their third case this afternoon. Like the other two cases, today's new case is travel-related, according to the Lenoir County Health Department.


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Pitt County health officials confirm there are four more cases of COVID-19.

This brings the county's total number of cases to 10. There have been 174 tests administered, 68 tests have come back negative, and 96 are still pending.

Dr. John Silvernail, county health director, said of the 10 Pitt County cases, one was an East Carolina University student who had returned from Florida. Silvernail said that student was not on campus.

There have been no deaths in Pitt County.


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Two people have died from the coronavirus in North Carolina as the number of cases continues to climb.

Thursday's DHHS update says that there are 636 cases of COVID-19.

A person from Cabarrus County, who was in their late 70's, died from the virus. Reports say that person had underlying health conditions.

Another person in their 60's from Virginia died while traveling through North Carolina.

In the east, Dare County reported it's first COVID-19 case. County officials say the person got the virus through travel or direct contact. They do not believe it was community spread.

Wayne and Beaufort counties are reporting their third cases and Onslow County now has four cases, two of which are believed to be community spread.


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Several Eastern Carolina counties report more cases this afternoon of the coronavirus.

Onslow County now has four COVID-19 cases, two of those community-spread cases. That person is now recovering at home.

Beaufort County this afternoon confirmed its third case of the virus. The health department says this positive case was travel-related and the person is doing well and is isolated at home.

Also on Wednesday, Lenoir County reported its second case of the virus. Like yesterday's first case, this second case was travel-related and the person is recovering at home.

Wayne County as well announced another positive case, the third one for the county. The health department says that person remains isolated in the hospital.

Hertford County also confirmed its second COVID-19 case. That resident is also in isolation.

Governor Roy Cooper says that additional statewide guidance on preventing the spread of COVID-19 is in the works for North Carolinians.

During the state's latest press conference, Cooper says that guidance will be announced soon.

Cooper was asked if he is considering issuing a stay at home order.

"We want people to stay home, local communities are doing what they think is right, and I understand that. It's important for us to make sure we are deliberate and get this right," Cooper replied.

It comes after the state announced the first two deaths as a result of COVID-19. Furthermore, the governor says that there are several patients hospitalized that are seriously ill, with some in critical condition.

Cooper said it's imperative we keep North Carolinians safe while doing what we can to limit the economic impact.

Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry says that efforts are ongoing to secure more medical equipment for hospitals. Sprayberry says they've spent around $65.9 million on ordering equipment. He says he's also increased the size of their equipment sourcing team, as well as the National Guard logistics team that's helping to distribute supplies.

Health & Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen also announced that there have been changes made to the Medicaid program so doctors can ramp up access to telemedicine.


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North Carolina has recorded its first deaths associated with the coronavirus.

The state Department of Health and Human Services says a person from Cabarrus County died Tuesday from complications from the virus. The patient was in their late 70s and had several underlying medical conditions, according to the state.

Another person, in their 60s and from Virginia, who was traveling through the state has died as well.

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in North Carolina surpassed the 500 mark as another Eastern Carolina county reported its first case.

The Department of Health and Human Services says there are 505 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the state.

Late Wednesday morning, Dare County reported its first case of the virus. The county says the person got sick through travel or direct contact and is self-isolating.

The person did not use a Dare County address when tested, but lives in the county, according to a news release.

In the east, a lot of counties reported their first positive cases Tuesday. That includes one case each in both Lenoir and Duplin Counties, three cases in Bertie County and two in Beaufort County.

In our area, Pitt County still has the highest number of cases totaling at six, followed by five in Carteret and three in both Onslow and Craven Counties.

Closer to Raleigh, Wilson County is now reporting six total cases. Officials there say three of those people have recovered from the virus.

Mecklenburg County is still seeing the highest number of cases in our state with 142 total. Durham and Wake counties have a combined total of 137, according to their government websites.


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Add Beaufort County to the list with confirmed COVID-19 cases.

The county health department says today test results came back on two people for the coronavirus.

Both residents are isolated at home and are doing well, according to county health officials.

Beaufort was just one of four Eastern Carolina counties to get their first cases confirmed today.

Bertie County officials tell WITN News that three people there tested positive. They do not know each other and are self-quarantined right now.

Emergency Services Director Mitch Cooper says all those tests came back today and that they expect more cases to follow.

Lenoir and Duplin counties also saw their first cases on Tuesday.

Lenoir County says the person was tested a week ago and those results came back today. The county believes this case was travel-related and the patient is recovering nicely at home.

Duplin County says they too were notified today of a positive case. County officials say that case was travel-related contact with someone having COVID-19.

That patient, along with their family, is under isolation at home.

Craven County says they confirmed their third case this morning. That person was tested a week ago and the adult had traveled out of state.

The county says the person is now symptom-free since Friday and is now considered a recovered case.

Statewide, more than 400 cases have been confirmed, a 25% jump from Monday.


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Three more Eastern Carolina counties have their first confirmed coronavirus cases.

Lenoir County has joined Bertie and Duplin counties in reporting a confirmed case of coronavirus.

Lenoir County says the person was tested a week ago and those results came back today. The county believes this case was travel-related and the patient is recovering nicely at home.

Bertie County says a person in the county has tested positive. That's all the information they have released.

Duplin County says they too were notified today of a positive case. County officials say that case was travel-related contact with someone having COVID-19.

That patient, along with their family, is under isolation at home.

Craven County says they confirmed their third case this morning. That person was tested a week ago and the adult had traveled out of state.

The county says the person is now symptom-free since Friday and is now considered a recovered case.

More than 400 people have now tested positive. WITN has independently confirmed these new cases through county government websites. Pitt County now has six positive cases. The latest is a person who works for the Pitt County Health Department.

Wilson County has five total cases, which is an increase from the three we reported on Monday.

Mecklenburg County has surpassed the 100 case mark, making it the county with the most cases in the state.

Durham and Wake counties have nearly 140 cases combined.


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Governor Roy Cooper has signed a new executive order that will close several businesses in the state later this week and delay the opening of K-12 schools into May.

Cooper's executive order lowers the threshold for no mass gatherings of 50 or more people.

The order which takes effect on Wednesday at 5 p.m., will close gyms, movie theaters, sweepstakes parlors, health clubs, hair and nail salons, barbershops, massage therapists, and other similar facilities.

Cooper's executive order also keeps K-12 schools closed for in-school instruction until May 15th.

Cooper says that grocery stores will remain open.


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Pitt County is taking new steps to stop the spread of COVID-19 including the closure of several businesses.

Commissioners have signed a new state of emergency declaration that includes these new restrictions:

-Closing fitness clubs, gyms, hair and nail salons, barbershops, spas, tanning, massage, and tattoo salons, and other professional grooming services

-Cancelling mass gatherings of 50 or more people, including both staff and patrons. *NOTE: This does not include organizations that provide critical services like hospitals, daycares, government operations, financial institutions; or retailers of essential goods like grocery stores, pharmacies, pet stores and hardware stores

-Prohibiting the use of playground equipment at public and private parks. *NOTE: This does not include backyard playgrounds or open-air amenities such as greenways and walking trails

-Recommendations that retail businesses strictly follow the guidelines and recommendations of the WHO, CDC, and NCDHHS to promote the safety and welfare of their employees and the public.

These restrictions will take effect on Tuesday at 5 p.m. and last for approximately two weeks when a re-evaluation will happen.


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The health director for the largest county in Eastern Carolina says residents need to go home and stay there.

Pitt County now has six confirmed coronavirus cases.

Health Director Dr. John Silvernail wants people to take social distancing one step further "and simply stay home."

Silvernail said in a letter to county residents that unless you're an essential employee, you should limit your contact with others and stay home.

He said people should only leave their homes to "attend essential work, purchase food, medicine and other crucial items or to exercise."

Statewide, official numbers put cases at 297.


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Pitt County officials say the two latest coronavirus cases are believed to be travel related.

Mike Emory, a spokesperson for the county, says one person is a college-aged man who is reportedly already feeling better.

Emory says the second case is a woman. We do not have an update on her condition.

He says the county is taking a proactive approach to limit the potential for community spread.

Pitt County currently has confirmed four positive COVID-19 cases. There are more than 300 cases reported statewide.


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There are now more than 300 cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina.

Mecklenburg County officials say there are 80 confirmed cases. Wake and Durham counties have a combined total of 92 cases.

In the east, Pitt County officials say the numbers increased over the weekend. They say there are four cases there and they expect it to grow. Carteret County has five cases and Onslow County has three. Health officials in Onslow County say one of the patients returned from another country and believe to have contracted the virus through community spread.

Craven County still has two positive cases.

Nobody in our state has died from the coronavirus as of Monday morning.


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According to the Pitt County Health Department's website, they now have four confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Officials had announced two cases earlier in the week, and said they would no longer provide individual updates to the expected rise in numbers.

The county says they are working closely with local healthcare providers and Vidant Medical Center to facilitate testing within the community.

The NC Department of Health and Human Services is reporting that there are now 255 cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina.

That includes 40 each in Wake and Durham counties and 66 in Mecklenburg County, which equates to over 57 percent of cases in the state confirmed by NCDHHS.

Forsyth and Guilford counties also rang in cases in the double digits, with 12 and 11 cases respectively.

No deaths have been reported in North Carolina in relation to the virus.


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The Onslow County Health Department received confirmation of two unrelated patients who have tested positive for COVID-19.

One of the patients was a high-risk returning traveler who was told to self-quarantine upon return to the United States. While self-quarantined, the patient began developing symptoms. It is believed that due to the patient self-quarantining as soon as they returned, there are no additional exposures associated with this case.

However, the other patient has not traveled to any high-risk areas, nor has any known contact with COVID-19 cases. When the patient began to display symptoms, the patient did seek medical attention, but was met at her car and did not go into the lobby. Officials say this case represents community spread with no known source of contact.

“We continue to stress to the community the importance of adhering to the guidance of medical professionals,” said Kristen Richmond-Hoover, Director of Onslow County Health Department. “These cases represent both high-risk travel and community spread in Onslow County.”

The Health Department is working with each patient to ensure care and compliance with isolation.

On Saturday evening, Wake County announced they have 17 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total for the county to 49.

"This is the largest single-day increase in positive cases that we have seen yet, but it's not unexpected, based on how the virus is spreading in our community," said Medical Director Dr. Jose Cabanas.

The county says that as of Saturday at 6 p.m., there are 59 people under investigation who were exposed to the virus and have developed symptoms. Of those, 47 people are waiting for test results, and 12 are in the process of being tested.

Earlier on Saturday, Wilson County received confirmation from the State Lab of a third positive COVID-19 test there.

"This case is a male, and is directly related to travel out of state, so it is not a surprise," said Health Director Teresa Ellen. "This case is not related to the two other cases. The individual is isolated at home and doing well," Ellen added.

The county says staff are working on tracing any other contacts.


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State health officials are reporting that there are now 185 cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina.

Officials said, "The individual reports there has been no travel to Hyde County during or after illness and there has been no contact with any individual in Hyde County during this period."

The latest number comes as officials in Hyde County announced their first case. The county followed up on the case saying, the person who tested positive has a Hyde County address along with another in a separate county.

WITN has reached out to officials to determine which county the person resides in, and will update you once that information is available.

Other counties with the first documented cases include: Alamance, Catawba, Cleveland, Lee and Scotland counties.

Cases in Wake, Durham and Mecklenburg counties make up 111 of the 185 confirmed cases.

There are no reported deaths due to COVID-19 in the state at this time.


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A second case of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed in Carteret County, adding to its first case reported Friday morning - just hours before the second case was reported Friday night.

The second individual was tested for COVID-19 on Friday, March 13 and confirmation of a positive COVID-19 test result was received by a local healthcare provider on Friday, March 20.

According to Carteret County health officials, the person is in isolation and recovering at home. Based on a thorough contact investigation, Carteret County Health Department’s Communicable Disease staff has determined there is no identifiable increased risk of exposure to any members of the public.

To protect the individual’s privacy, no further information was released. “Given the spread of COVID-19 across North Carolina, we are not surprised to receive another COVID-19 case. We continue to recommend everyone practice social distancing and employ preventive measures to reduce the spread of illness in Carteret County,” states Stephanie Cannon, Carteret County Health Director.

Preventive measures include frequently washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; staying home when you are sick; covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and discarding the tissue immediately; and, avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

They say, If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and respiratory symptoms, such as cough or shortness of breath, call your healthcare provider for medical advice first.

If you do not have a healthcare provider, contact the Carteret County Health Department at 252-728-8550.

According to the CDC, people who are mildly ill with COVID-19 can recover at home, but for others, including older adults and those who have underlying health issues, such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes, or those with a weakened immune system, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure. For more information on COVID-19, please visit: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/publichealth/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-response-north-carolina or https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.

Citizens can also call the Carteret County Citizens Call Center at 252-726-7060, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm to speak with a County operator to answer their questions.


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Another Eastern Carolina county has a confirmed case of the coronavirus, while a second case has been reported in Pitt County.

Carteret County says a person who recently returned from international travel has tested positive.

The person is in isolation at home, according to the county. The patient began showing symptoms after returning to North Carolina and was tested on Wednesday, with results coming back on Friday.

The county health department is making contact tracing to make sure everyone who came in close contact with the person is quarantined.

Pitt County says they were notified on Friday by the Florida Department of Health that a Pitt County resident has tested positive.

Health officials say the woman was visiting Florida and evaluated in an emergency room there on March 12th. The woman was placed in isolation pending test results so county health officials here don't believe anyone else has been exposed in this case.

The woman remains at home, in isolation, and is doing well.

These make 140 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina. Here in Eastern Carolina, there are confirmed cases in Carteret, Craven, Onslow, Pasquotank, Pitt, Wayne, and Wilson counties.


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There are now 138 confirmed cases of coronavirus in North Carolina.

State health officials earlier today reported 137 cases, while this afternoon Granville County government reported a case there.

The most recent confirmed case in Eastern Carolina is in Pasquotank County.

Durham, Mecklenberg, and Wake counties combine for 84 of those 138 cases.

There have been no deaths reported in relation to COVID-19 in our state.


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Pasquotank County health officials have confirmed their first positive case of COVID-19 in the county.

Albemarle Regional Health Services Health Director R. Battle Betts Jr. says the person is a county resident and is in isolation at home. No other details are available.

As of Friday morning, at least 130 cases of COVID-19 were reported in North Carolina.


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The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in North Carolina are now up to at least 130.

The biggest jump overnight was in Meckenburg County. The cases doubled overnight to 32 confirmed cases, according to the Meckenburg County Government.

Durham and Wake counties each have three new cases each.

In the east, the first case was diagnosed in Pitt County. Officials say an employee at North Pitt High School tested positive for the virus after returning from Georgia.

There's still one case in Onslow and Wayne counties.

On Friday, both Craven and Wilson counties confirmed their second cases.

WITN has been able to independently verify additional cases through local governments.

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A Pitt County Schools employee visited an ECU Physician's clinic for treatment.

The man, who works at North Pitt High School, traveled to a non-school youth conference in Georgia and is believed to have gotten the virus during travel, said Pitt County Health Director Dr. John Silvernail. He is now in isolation and recovering at home.

Silvernail says the man was in the school building on March 9th and 10th. They believe the risk to students and staff is low, but encourage those in the building should contact their doctor if they develop fever and cough.

Pitt County Schools says their employee has no children currently enrolled or working in the school system.

Dr. Silvernail says in Pitt County they have had one positive test, 11 negatives, and 39 tests are still pending. He says they don't believe this will be their only case.


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Governor Roy Cooper says the state has just hit a milestone in its fight to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Cooper says the state lab has confirmed its first case of community spread in Wilson County.

This means the person had not traveled nor been in contact with a known positive case.

The governor says this was an expected but unfortunate benchmark in this pandemic.

Expected community spread is one of the the many reasons the state made difficult decisions to take early, aggressive actions to slow the spread, according to Cooper.

"These are life or death decisions that government leaders pray we never have to make, but when these decisions come, we pray for the wisdom and courage to make the right calls," Cooper said.

Cooper says that public health experts and emergency management officials are working to continue to prepare medical resources to handle a surge in coronavirus patients.

"We are identifying additional facilities we can use as emergency medical centers, we are finding more protective gear for our health care workers, we're pushing out testing supplies and establishing sampling collection sites across the state," Cooper said.

"I can't stress enough how much our state and the rest of the country will need the federal government to step up with testing supplies, equipment, and ventilators. We are managing our resources and we are ahead of other states, but we can expect many more patients," according to the governor.


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A second coronavirus case has been confirmed in Craven County.

Officials say the woman who tested positive traveled out of the state and became symptomatic.

She has been in isolation at home since testing positive.

This brings to 100 the number of confirmed cases in the state. Other local counties with confirmed cases are Onslow, Pitt, Wayne and Wilson counties.

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An employee at a Pitt County high school has tested positive for the coronavirus.

This is the first case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Pitt County.

Pitt County Health Director Dr. John Silvernail says a man traveled out of the state and is believed to gotten the virus during travel. He is now in isolation and recovering at home.

The school system says an employee at North Pitt High School has tested positive for the virus.

Pitt County Schools says their employee hasn't been on any school campus for more than a week and has no children currently enrolled or working in the school system.

The school system says they are working with the health department to identify people who may have interacted with the employee.

ECU says the woman visited an ECU Physician's clinic for treatment.

Dr. Silvernail suggests washing your hands often, covering coughs and avoiding others if you get sick so you do not spread the infection around.

DHHS reports there are just under 100 cases in North Carolina, including an additional case in Wilson County.

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WITN has learned there are more cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina.

While the Department of Health and Human Services website says there are 63 cases, WITN has been able to independently confirm new cases through individual counties.

Wake County officials say they have identified five more cases of the coronavirus, bringing their total number to 22.

Durham County health officials say they have 27 case of COVID-19.

These two counties, plus others around the state, have brought the total to 90.

Craven, Onslow, Wayne, and Wilson counties are the only ones in Eastern North Carolina with confirmed cases. Each have only one case.


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There are now 65 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in North Carolina.

The state Department of Health and Human Services said earlier today there were 63 cases, while new cases were reported this afternoon in both Hoke and New Hanover counties.

The majority of positive cases are in the central part of the state, with the most cases reported in Wake County.

As of Wednesday, the department says 1,850 tests have been completed in the state.

The only confirmed cases in Eastern North Carolina are still in Craven, Onslow, Wayne, and Wilson counties, with each county reporting one case each.


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The number of coronavirus cases continue to rise in North Carolina.

State health officials say the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in North Carolina is up at least 16 since Tuesday night. While the Department of Health and Human Services website says there are 40 cases, WITN has been able to independently confirm new cases through individual counties.

The Wake County government reports there are now a total of 17 cases in the county, which is up two cases as of Tuesday night.

In Durham County, officials say there are now 15 presumptive positive cases. County leaders say all 15 people participated in the same program overseas through Duke University and are self-quarantining. Four other people who traveled with the group were diagnosed with COVID-19 in another country and are remaining there until they have recovered, according to county officials.

As of Wednesday, the only confirmed cases in Eastern North Carolina are still in Craven, Onslow, Wayne and Wilson counties.

We will continue to monitor this list and update it accordingly.


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A University of North Carolina Chapel Hill employee has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The university said this afternoon that their employee is self-isolating themselves at home.

UNC-Chapel Hill says those who had close contact with the employee will be notified and told what next steps to take.

This is believed to be the first case reported at a UNC System school, while yesterday Campbell University said one of their students also tested positive.


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The state is currently reporting 40 cases of novel coronavirus.

Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say there are over 4,200 cases.

North Carolina hasn't seen any deaths associated with the virus.


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State health officials say five more cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in North Carolina.

As of 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, the only confirmed cases in Eastern North Carolina are still in Craven, Onslow, Wayne, and Wilson counties.


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State health officials say they have lowered the number of people the recommend for public gatherings.

On Monday, President Trump, flanked by several health experts, made the recommendation that Americans not engage in any events of 10 people or more.

Prior to the president's briefing, State Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Tilson says they now recommend no mass public gatherings of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks. She said the executive order still has that number at 100.

So far, there are 35 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in North Carolina. The latest cases were announced Monday afternoon, one more in Wake County and that of a Cambell University student in Harnett County.

Wake County now has 15 cases of the pamdemic.


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A Campbell University student has tested positive for the coronavirus, the third confirmed case in Harnett County.

The university says the student came into the University Health Center last Wednesday with symptoms of the virus.

The student was placed in self-quarantine and remains in quarantine today.

Campbell says two other students have since been tested. One of those came back negative while the other result is still pending.

Health officials are reaching out to those who may have had close contact with the positive student to see if any additional steps need to be taken.

The Campbell case now brings to 34 the number of confirmed cases in North Carolina. That includes confirmed cases in Craven, Onslow, Wilson, and Wayne counties here in Eastern Carolina.


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According to state health officials, a case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Wilson County.

There are now 33 cases of the coronavirus in North Carolina. That includes confirmed cases in Craven, Onslow, Wilson, and Wayne counties here in Eastern Carolina.

No deaths related to the illness have been reported in our state.


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An update Sunday morning to the NCDHHS website places the new number of COVID-19 cases in North Carolina at 32, up from 26 on Saturday.

14 of those cases are in Wake County and 4 are in Mecklenburg County.

No deaths from the virus have been reported in our state.


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Harnett County officials have reported a second coronavirus case in the county.

The state lab confirmed the positive rest on Saturday.

Officials say the patient is currently at home in isolation.

Johnston County officials also say they have received confirmation of a second positive COVID-19 case from the state lab.

"This is not unexpected since this case is associated with our initial case as they reside in the same household," said Johnston County Health Director Dr. Marilyn Pearson. "It's likely that more individuals will test presumptively positive for the virus."

The county says they are currently creating a timeline of where the case went, and when.

The patient is currently in isolation at home.

Earlier on Saturday, Wake County Public Health officials announced their 11th positive test result in the county. Officials said the patient remains at home in isolation.

"We are evaluating every case that comes and focusing on contact tracing to reduce the risk of exposure to the community," Wake County Medical Director Dr. Kim McDonald said. "By establishing a detailed timeline, we can trace their movements and better understand who was within six feet of the individual for more than 10 minutes, which we consider to be close contact," McDonald added.

North Carolina now has 26 people who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

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