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RALEIGH — The number of COVID-19-related deaths in North Carolina rose to 113 as of 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, and 5,133 state residents have tested positive for the virus, the Raleigh News & Observer reported. 

On Monday, April 13, 20 virus-related deaths were reported in North Carolina — the highest number of deaths reported on a single day, the newspaper reported.

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported at 11 a.m. April 14 that there were 5,024 positive cases and that 418 people were hospitalized with the virus — up from the 313 people reportedly hospitalized the day before.

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 NCDHHS. NCDHHS 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 609,240 cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. as of 11:45 p.m. April 14, with 26,033 reported deaths and 48,625 reported to have recovered from the virus. 

A total of 65,039 tests had been completed by the N.C. State Laboratory of Public Health and reporting hospitals and commercial labs as of April 14, according to NCDHHS.

Watauga County has eight positive tests among residents, plus a traveler who tested positive who is self-isolating in the county, according to AppHealthCare, the district health department for Watauga, Ashe and Alleghany counties.

Caldwell County had 19 positive tests as of April 13, according to Caldwell County spokesperson Paige Counts, while Wilkes County had four reported cases and one death, according to the Raleigh News & Observer. Ashe County had four cases and Avery County had no reported cases.

As of April 14, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, an independent global health research center, was projecting that peak resource use will occur in North Carolina on April 17, and it is predicting that April 13 could have been the day with the most deaths. The projections assume full social distancing through May 2020. The IHME model is updated regularly as new data are available and is subject to change.

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