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RALEIGH — North Carolina saw its highest one-day increase in COVID-19 cases yet on May 23, with 1,107 new cases reported, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

Watauga remains at 12 cases, while neighboring Ashe County is up to 32 cases and Wilkes County is at 472 cases and three COVID-19-related deaths.

Following are updates on COVID-19 cases and test numbers in the U.S., North Carolina and in High Country counties. The following reports may differ from other sources due to the varied reporting times of multiple health agencies and other sources.

N.C. and U.S. Cases

  Cases Deaths Hospitalized Recovered
 N.C. 22,864 778 589 11,637
 U.S.1,608,29896,283 N/A 350,135

Sources of North Carolina data include the Raleigh News & Observer (1:30 p.m. May 23) and NCDHHS (11:33. a.m. May 23). The numbers reported by the newspaper and NCDHHS, including the NCDHHS interactive graphic below this article, may differ as the newspaper updates numbers throughout the day while NCDHHS updates numbers once daily. The number of hospitalized patients represents those currently hospitalized in reporting hospitals and is not a cumulative total of people hospitalized. The estimate of people who have recovered is provided by NCDHHS once per week, on Mondays, and is based on the estimated median recovery time for non-hospitalized cases and for hospitalized cases. U.S. data is from Johns Hopkins University & Medicine (1:30 p.m. May 23).

High Country Cases

 Resident Cases Active CasesRecovered Deaths 
 Watauga* 12 3 N/A 0
 Ashe* 32 24 N/A 0
 Avery 2 2 0 0
 Caldwell 105 N/A 52 2
 Wilkes 472 N/A 301 3
 Johnson 15 0 15 0
 Carter 19 1 17 1

Sources of case information in Watauga and surrounding counties include AppHealthCare (May 22), the Raleigh News & Observer (May 23), NCDHHS (May 23), Caldwell County Health Department (May 22), Toe River Health District (May 21) and Tennessee Department of Health (May 22). Not all counties report the same categories of data.

*AppHealthCare also reports that 21 people have tested positive in its three-county service area who are not residents of Watauga, Ashe or Alleghany counties. This includes one traveler in Watauga County reported on March 31 and 16 construction workers at an App State campus project reported on May 14. The health department is also currently monitoring 18 people in Watauga County, 22 people in Ashe and five people who reside outside of the three-county area due to those people being exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case. These individuals are currently in quarantine and monitoring their symptoms.

Testing Numbers

 State/County Tests Completed


Ashe  218
 Avery 501
 Wilkes N/A

The above testing numbers could be incomplete due to differences in reporting from health departments and other agencies. Sources include AppHealthCare (May 22), NCDHHS (May 23), Toe River Health District (May 21), Caldwell County Health Department (May 22) and Tennessee Department of Health (May 22). Wilkes Health is not reporting the number of tests completed.

*The Tennessee Department of Health totals include the sum of negative tests and confirmed cases for each county but might not reflect pending tests.

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