RALEIGH — The number of positive COVID-19 cases in N.C. was up to at least 318, as reported by the Raleigh News & Observer as of 10:45 a.m. on March 23.
This is different than the figure reported by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services at around 8:30 a.m. on Monday, March 23, which stated that 297 cases were reported in the state. The N.C. DHHS updates its numbers once a day by 11 a.m.
"But some cases reported by county health departments can take 24 to 48 hours before they are included in the the number reported by the state," the News & Observer stated. The News & Observer is compiling the numbers of cases announced by counties throughout the day.
At least of 46 counties out of the 100 in the state had reported confirmed cases of the virus, according to the N.C. DHHS. Randolph, Vance and Richmond counties reported their first cases on March 23, according to the News & Observer. Watauga County reported its second known case on March 18; no other known cases have been reported in the county so far.
Avery and Ashe counties have not reported any confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 10:45 a.m. on March 23.
N.C. DHHS reported on March 23 that 8,438 total tests had been completed at the N.C. State Laboratory of Public Health, which did not include tests at university and commercial laboratories.
Johns Hopkins University and Medicine reported 35,241 confirmed cases in the United States as of 10:45 a.m. on March 23. This is the third-most number of positive cases in the world, behind China and Italy. The university reported that there had been a total of 473 deaths across the country related to COVID-19.
According to NCDHHS, no deaths related to the virus have been reported in North Carolina.