RALEIGH — North Carolina's COVID-19 confirmed case count topped 77,310 as of 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, according to the Raleigh News & Observer. The newspaper reported that 1,441 people have died from the virus statewide.
AppHealthCare reported May 26 that one person in Ashe County has died due to complications from COVID-19. It is the first, and to date only, death related to COVID-19 in Ashe, Alleghany and Watauga.
On July 9, AppHealthCare reported that the total number of active cases in Ashe County is 13. 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 59 for Ashe County.
AppHealthCare also posted guidance on their website for community members to consider as the state entered Phase 2 on May 22. On June 24, Cooper announced the extension of Phase 2 in NC until July 17. At this time, he also announced a mask mandate for the entire state, effective June 26 at 5 p.m.
How to Protect Yourself
● Practice the 3Ws if you have to leave your house - wear a cloth face covering, wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer and wait 6 feet from others.
● Cover your cough or sneeze
● Keep distance from others who are sick
● Avoid touching your face
● Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces in common areas like doorknobs, remotes, lightswitches, tables and handles
● If you are at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, stay home to the greatest extent possible to decrease the chance of infection.
The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported 79,349 laboratory confirmed cases statewide with 1,034 currently hospitalized with the virus as of noon July 9. NCDHHS also reported 1,461 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.
The numbers reported by the newspaper, which is compiling the numbers of cases announced by counties throughout the day, vary from the daily reports provided by NCDHHS.
Nationwide, 3,067,780 people had tested positive with the virus according to Johns Hopkins University & Medicine as of 11:34 a.m. on July 9. The university also reported that there have been 132,498 deaths in the U.S. and 550,689 deaths and over 12.9 million confirmed cases globally.
NCDHHS reported on July 9 that 1,121,811 tests for COVID-19 had been conducted statewide by the State Laboratory of Public Health and reporting hospital and commercial labs. As of July 1, AppHealthCare, the health department for Watauga, Ashe and Alleghany counties, reported that to date, it had collected a total of 209 tests and outside agencies had collected 441 tests in Ashe County.
On May 8, AppHealthCare also began listing the number of individuals being monitored in each county. For Ashe County on July 9, 34 individuals were actively being monitored. The number of district hospitalizations is also available on their website of 7 hospitalizations. This number listed by AppHealthCare is a cumulative count and does not necessarily reflect the number of individuals currently hospitalized.
108 people have tested positive for the virus in Watauga, according to AppHealthCare. 40 cases have been confirmed in Alleghany County, according to AppHealthCare.