RALEIGH — The number of positive COVID-19 tests in North Carolina crested the 600 mark on March 25, according to reporting from the Raleigh News & Observer
Positive tests increased to a total of no less than 607 as of 9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, according to the newspaper. The News & Observer is compiling the numbers of cases announced by counties on a recurring basis, noting that cases reported by county health departments can take up to 48 hours before they are included in the state's numbers.
The newspaper's total varies from the daily reports provided by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. At approximately 11:20 a.m. on March 25, the agency reported 504 positive cases. NCDHHS reported a total number of 10,489 tests had been conducted at the N.C. State Laboratory of Public Health and reporting hospital and commercial laboratories.
The counties with the highest number of positive tests, according to the News & Observer, include Mecklenburg County, with 170 reported cases, and 84 reported cases in both Durham and Wake counties.
During a Wednesday, March 25, news conference, Governor Roy Cooper announced that there have been two COVID-19-related deaths in the state: one in Cabarrus County, and one person from Virginia who was traveling in North Carolina.
Deb Gragg with the Toe River Health District reported on March 25 that Avery County's department had conducted 36 tests, with 20 coming back negative and 16 pending.
Watauga County has reported three cases of COVID-19, the latest of which was reported March 24. Both Avery and Ashe counties have yet to report a positive case of the virus within their borders.
AppHealthCare, the public health department serving Watauga, Ashe and Alleghany counties, reported that it had collected 63 tests in Watauga County as of March 25, while outside agencies had reported a total of 103 cases for the county. The health department collected one test in Watauga County on March 25, according to the organization.
In Ashe County, the health department had collected three tests by March 25, while outside agencies have collected a total of 25 cases to date for the county. The health department collected no tests in Ashe County on March 25.
Johns Hopkins University and Medicine reports as of 9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, that a total of 65,778 confirmed cases in the United States. The total represents the third-largest total of cases worldwide, trailing only China and Italy. At that time, the university reported that there had been a total of 942 COVID-19-related deaths across the country.