RALEIGH — North Carolina's COVID-19 confirmed case count totaled 394,990 as of 1:26 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11, according to the Raleigh News & Observer. The newspaper reported that 5,752 people have died from the virus statewide.
On Dec. 12, AppHealthCare reported that the total number of active cases in Ashe County is 139. According to AppHealthCare, active cases are defined as the number of individuals who are currently isolated in Ashe County. The COVID-19 positive case count, which is a cumulative case count since testing began, is 1,168 for Ashe County.
As of Dec. 12, AppHealthCare lists 24 COVID-19 related deaths in Ashe County, two in Alleghany and a further 16 in Watauga. One of the 16 reported deaths for Watauga County was reported to be Appalachian State University student, Chad Dorrill.
The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported 429,776 laboratory confirmed cases statewide with 2,157 currently hospitalized with the virus as of 11:45 a.m. on Dec. 12. NCDHHS also reported 5,796 deaths statewide. In the information updated daily on its website, NCDHHS has not been providing a count of persons statewide who have recovered from the virus.
Nationwide, 15,939,022 people had tested positive with the virus according to Johns Hopkins University & Medicine as of 1:26 p.m. on Dec. 12. The university also reported that there have been 296,656 deaths in the U.S. and 1,600,807 deaths and over 71.4 million confirmed cases globally.
According to AppHealthCare, turn-around times for testing have improved with most tests resulting between two and four days. NC DHHS now provides data on testing turnaround times. This data is updated daily and can be found HERE.
The latest situation report for Ashe County, as presented by AppHealthCare on Dec. 11, contained information about the phases in which the COVID-19 vaccination will be rolled out.
The first phase will include healthcare workers fighting COVID-19 and those in long-term care facilities (staff and residents). The second phase will include adults at highest risk of severe illness and those at highest risk for exposure such as those with pre-existing health conditions (includes community members and frontline workers) . The third phase will include adults at risk for exposure and at an increased risk of severe illness (frontline workers and adults aged 65 or older). The fourth phase will include students and critical industry workers (college and university students, K-12 students and those employed in jobs critical to society and at a lower risk for exposure. The fifth phase and final stage will include everyone who wants a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccination.
NCDHHS reported on Dec. 12 that 5,906,830 tests for COVID-19 had been conducted statewide by the State Laboratory of Public Health and reporting hospital and commercial labs.
Additional data provided by NCDHHS includes data by zip code and outbreak data and information
To access published data for confirmed cases by zip code for the state of NC, click HERE
According to data provided by AppHealthCare, which was current as of 9 a.m on Dec. 10, Margate Health & Rehab had a total of 66 active cases. The active cases included 18 staff members and 48 residents. The number of cumulative cases included 42 staff members, 84 residents and six deaths. According to the data, the last positive result was on Dec. 10.
To access data broken down by type of congregate settings including nursing homes, residential care facilities, correctional facilities or congregate work click HERE.
On May 9, AppHealthCare also began listing the number of individuals being monitored in each county. For Ashe County on Dec. 12, 135 individuals were actively being monitored. The number of district hospitalizations is also available on its website as 86 hospitalizations. This number listed by AppHealthCare is a cumulative count and does not necessarily reflect the number of individuals currently hospitalized.
To date, 2,600 people have tested positive for the virus in Watauga, according to AppHealthCare; 538 cases have been confirmed in Alleghany County, according to AppHealthCare.