RALEIGH — North Carolina's COVID-19 confirmed case count hit 243,725 as of 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 according to the Raleigh News & Observer. The newspaper reported that 3,929 people have died from the virus statewide.
In its weekly report Friday, Oct. 16 AppHealthCare listed an active outbreak consisting of four staff and 11 residents who tested positive at Forest Ridge Assisted Living, with a cumulative case count of 17 staff, 36 residents and four COVID-19 related deaths. This data was current as of Thursday, Oct. 15 at 9 a.m. According to AppHealthCare, the last positive result was Oct. 13.
AppHealthCare also lists an outbreak at Mt. Jefferson Child Development Center with a cumulative case count of seven children and six staff members. According to the data, there are no active cases and the last positive result was on Sept. 24.
AppHealthCare includes in its weekly situation reports key updates from NCDHHS such as steps to take after being tested for the virus. To access this information click HERE.
On Oct. 17, AppHealthCare reported that the total number of active cases in Ashe County is 50. 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 413 for Ashe County.
As of Oct. 17, AppHealthCare lists seven COVID-19 related deaths in Ashe County, one in Alleghany and a further 15 in Watauga. One of the 15 reported deaths for Watauga County was reported to be Appalachian State University student, Chad Dorrill.
Toe River Health District in Avery County reported the 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 243,725 laboratory confirmed cases statewide with 1,140 currently hospitalized with the virus as of noon Oct. 17. NCDHHS also reported 3,929 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, 8,102,133 people had tested positive with the virus according to Johns Hopkins University & Medicine as of 9:24 p.m. on Oct. 17. The university also reported that there have been 219,157 deaths in the U.S. and 1,108,576 deaths and over 39.5 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. 17 that 3,574,444 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. 17, 112 individuals were actively being monitored. The number of district hospitalizations is also available on their website of 58 hospitalizations. This number listed by AppHealthCare is a cumulative count and does not necessarily reflect the number of individuals currently hospitalized.
1,652 people have tested positive for the virus in Watauga, according to AppHealthCare. 261 cases have been confirmed in Alleghany County, according to AppHealthCare.