RALEIGH — North Carolina health officials report there have been a total of 15,346 lab-confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the state as of 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 12, according to statistics posted from NCDHHS. The state also reports 577 virus-related deaths.
NCDHHS reports 475 people are currently hospitalized.
The Raleigh News & Observer newspaper reported that 596 individuals have died from the virus, with 15,515 cases statewide as of noon on Tuesday, May 12.
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 reports a total of 1,354,504 cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. as of noon on May 12, with 80,900 reported deaths and more than 232,733 individuals reported as having recovered from the virus.
A total of 202,244 tests had been completed by the N.C. State Laboratory of Public Health and reporting hospitals and commercial labs as of May 12, according to N.C. DHHS.
Avery County has reported no positive tests for COVID-19 as of noon on Tuesday, May 12, 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 reported nine cases of COVID-19.
According to Toe River Health District, which includes Avery County Health Department, 421 people in Avery County have been tested, with 339 negative results and 82 tests pending, as of noon on Tuesday, May 12. 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 172 people have been tested in Mitchell County as of May 12, with 161 negative results, with six 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 60 positive tests as of May 12, while Wilkes County has 243 reported cases and one death, according to NCDHHS. Ashe County has 14 cases, and the department reports McDowell County with 30 cases and one death. Burke County reports 146 cases, with 11 deaths in that county attributed to the virus, according to NCDHHS.
Statewide, Mecklenburg County has reported the most cases with 2,148. Wake County is reporting 1,061 and Durham County reports 897 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.
● Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
● Repeated shaking with chills
● Muscle pain
● 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.
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.”