NCDHHS

RALEIGH — North Carolina health officials report there have been a total of 13,868 lab-confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the state as of 11 a.m. Friday, May 8, according to statistics posted from NCDHHS. The state also reports 527 virus-related deaths.

NCDHHS reports 515 people are currently hospitalized.

The Raleigh News & Observer newspaper reported that 529 individuals have died from the virus, with 13,954 cases statewide as of 1 p.m. on Friday, May 8.

The numbers reported by the newspaper, which is compiling the numbers of cases announced by counties throughout the day, vary from the daily reports provided by N.C. DHHS. N.C. DHHS has emphasized that not all people with symptoms of COVID-19 are being tested, and the numbers reported by county and state health departments do not represent the total number of people infected throughout the state.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University & Medicine reported that cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. have topped the one-million-case mark, reporting 1,263,052 cases as of 1 p.m. on May 8, with 76,032 reported deaths and more than 195,036 individuals reported as having recovered from the virus.

A total of 178,613 tests had been completed by the N.C. State Laboratory of Public Health and reporting hospitals and commercial labs as of May 8, according to N.C. DHHS.

Avery County has reported no positive tests for COVID-19 as of Friday, May 8, the only North Carolina county yet to report a positive case. Yancey County, the latest county to report its first case of COVID-19, currently has up to seven cases of COVID-19 as of 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 7. 

According to Toe River Health District, which includes Avery County Health Department, 391 people in Avery County have been tested, with 105 negative results and 286 tests pending, as of 11 a.m. on Friday, May 8. The increase in tests administered and pending totals are contributed in part to the drive-through testing clinic held at Avery County Health Department's parking lot in Newland on Thursday, May 7.

A total of 155 people have been tested in Mitchell County as May 8, with 142 negative results, with eight results pending. The county has reported five total positive tests for COVID-19, according to TRHD, with all five cases having recovered.

Watauga County has nine positive tests among residents, the latest reported by AppHealthCare on May 6. 

Caldwell County has 52 positive tests as of May 8, while Wilkes County has 198 reported cases and one death, according to NCDHHS. Ashe County has seven cases, and the department reports McDowell County with 29 cases and one death. Burke County reports 128 cases, with 11 deaths in that county attributed to the virus, according to NCDHHS.

Statewide, Mecklenburg County has reported the most cases with 1,989. Wake County is reporting 986 and Durham County reports 829 cases.

How to Protect Yourself

● Practice social distancing. This means avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people, keeping 6 feet or more from others and remaining at home to the greatest extent possible

● Frequent hand washing

● Cover a cough or sneeze

● Keep distance from others who are sick

● Avoid touching the face

● Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces in common areas like doorknobs, remotes, light switches, tables and handles

● Wear cloth mask or face covering when out in public when possibly being around people like grocery stores or pharmacies.

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure. According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of reported symptoms.

● Fever

● Cough

● Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

● Chills

● Repeated shaking with chills

● Muscle pain

● Headache

● Sore throat

● New loss of taste or smell

People at high risk include anyone who:

● Is 65 years of age or older

● Lives in a nursing home or long-term care facility

● Has a high-risk condition that includes:

  • Chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
  • Heart disease with complications
  • Compromised immune system
  • Severe obesity - body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher
  • Other underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as diabetes, renal failure or liver disease

People who are at high risk should stay home to the greatest extent possible to decrease the chance of infection.

Managing Your Overall Health

During this time, it is important to manage one's overall health. There are resources available if needed to reduce anxiety or stress, if someone is experiencing suicidal thoughts, if there's a need to better manage chronic conditions and more. Visit the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services website at www.ncdhhs.gov.

Additional Resources

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website can be found at cdc.gov/coronavirus.

North Carolina resources can be found on the Division of Public Health website at ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus. To view the case count for North Carolina, including a county map and additional metrics, click to www.ncdhhs.gov.

A COVID-19 toll free helpline has been set up to answer general, non-emergent questions at 1-866-462-3821. To submit questions online, go to www.ncpoisoncontrol.org and select “chat.”

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