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RALEIGH — North Carolina's positive COVID-19 case count was at 14,464 as of 12 p.m. Saturday, May 9, the Raleigh News & Observer reported.

The newspaper reported that 545 COVID-19-related deaths have occurred in the state. The numbers of cases and deaths reported by the News & Observer are often slightly higher than those reported by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services; the newspaper is updating numbers reported by health departments throughout the day, while NCDHHS updates numbers once per day.

NCDHHS reported that 513 people were hospitalized with the virus as of 10:45 a.m. May 9. In its daily update of information on its website, NCDHHS does not currently provide a count of people who have recovered.

In the U.S., 1,288,569 positive tests have been reported nationwide as of 12 p.m. May 9, according to Johns Hopkins University & Medicine. The university reported that 77,344 people had died with the virus in the U.S., while 198,993 had reportedly recovered.

Nine Watauga County residents and one traveler in the county have tested positive for the virus, according to AppHealthCare.

Wilkes County leads surrounding counties in numbers of confirmed cases with 202 cases and one death as of May 9, while Caldwell County has reported 59 cases, Ashe has reported eight cases and Avery has reported no positive tests, according to the News & Observer. In Tennessee, Johnson County has five confirmed cases and Carter County has 18 confirmed cases and one death, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.

According to NCDHHS, 186,362 tests had been conducted in North Carolina as of May 9. As of May 8, AppHealthCare, the health department for Watauga, Ashe and Alleghany counties, reported that it had collected a total of 88 tests and outside agencies had collected 269 tests in Watauga County to date.

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