COVID-19 Cases & Deaths Spike In North Carolina

COVID-19 Cases & Deaths Spike In North Carolina

COVID-19 Cases & Deaths Spike In North Carolina Featured

By / Local News / Wednesday, 17 June 2020 17:56

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

NEW HANOVER CTY - On June 4th, New Hanover County officials announced a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases. That increase was 28 new cases over two days bringing the total to 243. At 4:PM on June 9th, the number of cases was 288. An increase of 45 cases. Of those cases, 123 had recovered and five passed away. As of 4 p.m. on June 16, 2020, the number of cases reported was 421 with 5 deaths and 127 recovered. For North Carolina, on June 16th, there were 1,169 deaths reported overall with 29,219 recovered. There were just over 45,850 lab confirmed cases from 651,421 completed tests with 829 people currently hospitalized.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is releasing updated guidance for doctors and clinicians on who should be tested for COVID-19.

North Carolina is focused on rapidly increasing testing of people who may not currently have symptoms, but may have been exposed to COVID-19, especially people from historically marginalized populations who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. To support testing in populations being hit hardest by COVID-19, NCDHHS also has a new resource available, COVID-19 Community Testing in Historically Marginalized Populations: Best Practices

The guidance recommends that clinicians conduct or arrange for diagnostic COVID-19 testing for: 

• Anyone with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19.
• Close contacts of known positive cases, regardless of symptoms.

The following groups are some of the populations with higher risk of exposure or a higher risk of severe disease if they become infected. People in these groups should get tested if they believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19, whether or not they have symptoms. 

People who live in or have regular contact with high-risk settings (e.g., long-term care facility, homeless shelter, correctional facility, migrant farmworker camp).

Historically marginalized populations who may be at higher risk for exposure.

Frontline and essential workers (grocery store clerks, gas station attendants, child care workers, construction sites, processing plants, etc.) in settings where social distancing is difficult to maintain.

Health care workers or first responders (e.g. EMS, law enforcement, fire department, military).

People who are at high risk of severe illness (e.g., people over 65 years of age, people of any age with underlying health conditions).

People who have attended protests, rallies, or other mass gatherings could have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or could have exposed others. Testing should be considered for people who attended such events, particularly if they were in crowds or other situations where they couldn’t practice effective social distancing.

North Carolina is experiencing increased community transmission of COVID-19. On Saturday, June 6. The state reported its highest one-day number of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases with 1,370 cases reported. 

NCDHHS has new tools to help people know if they should consider being tested for COVID-19 and to find a nearby testing place.  

Check My Symptoms ( www.ncdhhs.gov/symptoms ), a public website that allows people to enter their symptoms to determine if they should consider getting tested for COVID-19. If a test is recommended, they will receive a link to a list of nearby testing sites via email or text.

Find My Testing Place ( www.ncdhhs.gov/TestingPlace ), a public website that allows people to enter their county or ZIP code and access a list of nearby testing site locations online.

To learn more about the COVID-19 response in North Carolina, visit www.nc.gov/covid19

Residents are urged to follow physical distancing and protective measure guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect community members, especially those at high risk of serious illness.

•  Wear, Wait, Wash
•  Wear cloth face coverings in public settings.
•  Wait six feet apart from others when out in public. If you must leave your home, follow proper physical distancing protocols and don’t gather in groups.
•  Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
•  Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched (like your phone, tablet, counter tops and daily work surfaces).
•  Stay home if you are sick, even if you are an essential worker. And cover your coughs and sneezes.
•  Comply with state and municipal restrictions and/or recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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