RALEIGH — North Carolina's COVID-19 confirmed case count hit 250,592 as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21 according to the Raleigh News & Observer. The newspaper reported that 4,032 people have died from the virus statewide.
On Oct. 21, AppHealthCare reported that the total number of active cases in Ashe County is 34. 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 428 for Ashe County.
As of Oct. 21, AppHealthCare lists eight COVID-19 related deaths in Ashe County, on 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.
Toe River Health District in Avery County reported to county's first death related to COVID-19 in a press release on Sept. 3.
The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported 250,592 laboratory confirmed cases statewide with 1,219 currently hospitalized with the virus as of noon on Oct. 21. NCDHHS also reported 4,032 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, 8,312,109 people had tested positive with the virus according to Johns Hopkins University & Medicine as of 5 p.m. on Oct. 21. The university also reported that there have been 221,694 deaths in the U.S. and 1,128,090 deaths and over 41 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.
NCDHHS reported on Oct. 21 that 3,683,243 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.
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 Oct. 21, 85 individuals were actively being monitored. The number of district hospitalizations is also available on their website of 60 hospitalizations. This number listed by AppHealthCare is a cumulative count and does not necessarily reflect the number of individuals currently hospitalized.
1,698 people have tested positive for the virus in Watauga, according to AppHealthCare. 267 cases have been confirmed in Alleghany County, according to AppHealthCare.