RALEIGH — The Raleigh News & Observer reported that 1,024 people in North Carolina have tested positive for COVID-19 as of 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28.
Five people with COVID-19 have died in North Carolina as of March 28, according to the newspaper, including residents from Cabarrus, Harnett, Johnston and Rowan counties and a Virginia resident traveling in the state.
The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported that 935 people had tested positive for COVID-19, and 87 people were hospitalized due to the virus as of 10:55 a.m. Saturday, March 28.
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.
DHHS has acknowledged that case counts don’t give a full picture of how widespread COVID-19 is in the state, the newspaper reported. Not all patients with the illness are tested, and the county and state health departments said this week they are prioritizing people with urgent medical needs and health care workers for testing.
"Zack Moore, the state’s epidemiologist, has said the gap between the counts and reality will only grow as the virus becomes more widespread," the newspaper reported
Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University and Medicine reported 121,117 COVID-19 cases in the U.S. as of 6:30 p.m. March 28, with 2,010 deaths related to the virus and 961 people reported to have recovered.
As of March 28, N.C. DHHS reported that 17,527 tests had been conducted by the N.C. State Laboratory of Public Health and reporting hospital and commercial laboratories.
AppHealthCare, the public health department serving Watauga, Ashe and Alleghany counties, reported the fifth positive test result in Watauga County on March 27. The person had travel history and has been in isolation since being tested, the department said, adding that local public health staff have identified the person's close contacts, who have been in quarantine.
No positive test results have been reported in Ashe and Avery counties.
AppHealthCare reported that it had collected 67 tests in Watauga County as of March 27, while outside agencies had reported a total of 140 tests in the county. In Ashe County, the health department had collected four tests by March 27, while outside agencies had collected a total of 25 tests to date for the county. The Toe River Health District reported on March 27 the department had conducted 42 tests in Avery County, with 24 coming back negative and 18 pending.