RALEIGH — At least 43 North Carolina residents, most 65 or older, have died with the COVID-19 virus, as the confirmed number of cases rose to 2,958, according to the Raleigh News & Observer at 5:45 p.m. Monday, April 6.
At least 270 people are hospitalized with the virus, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, which updates case numbers and data once a day. As of 11 a.m. April 6, N.C. DHHS reported 2,870 positive tests for COVID-19, with 33 dead.
“Deaths reflect deaths in persons with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 reported by local health departments to the N.C. DHHS,” the state agency says on its website.
Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University & Medicine reported 356,942 cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. as of 5:45 p.m. April 6, with 10,524 reported deaths. The university also reports that 18,999 patients have recovered from the virus nationwide.
While 41 percent of the N.C. DHHS confirmed cases are in the 25-49 age range, 82 percent of the N.C. DHHS's confirmed COVID-19-related deaths are in people 65 years or older.
A total of 40,726 tests have been completed, according to the N.C. DHHS as of April 5. The number of tests completed comes from the N.C. State Laboratory of Public Health and reporting hospitals and commercial labs, the agency stated.
“Not all cases of COVID-19 are tested, so this does not represent the total number of people in North Carolina who have or had COVID-19,” the N.C. DHHS stated.
According to the N.C. DHHS data, the numbers for the last 10 days might not be completely accurate as testing specimens might not have been reported yet.
Watauga County has eight reported cases, including a non-resident with the virus who is self-isolating in the county, according to AppHealthCare, the district health department for Watauga, Ashe and Alleghany counties.
Caldwell County has 11 reported cases, including six reported on April 4, while Wilkes County has four reported cases and one death. Ashe County reported its first COVID-19 case on April 3. Avery County has no reported cases, according to the N.C. DHHS. Johnson County (Tenn.) has two reported cases, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.