Coronavirus/COVID-19 Key Items To Know Locally – Friday, March 27, 2020

Last Updated on March 30, 2020 12:24 pm

As information and news continue to unfold regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), literally by the minute, here's the latest local information as of late Thursday afternoon. Each link will open in a new window or tab.

Governor Roy Cooper ordered people in the state of North Carolina to stay at home for thirty days, until April 29, 2020. The order goes into effect on Monday at 5pm. More information at this link.

Video replay of the Governor's press conference available at this link.

Watauga County Schools Statement Regarding Governor’s stay at home order. More information at this link.

The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Watauga County rose to 5, as announced by AppHealthCare on Thursday. For more information visit this link.

Monday's COVID-19 test numbers for Alleghany, Ashe & Watauga can be found at this link.

Data provided by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

Updated daily by 11 a.m. Last updated 10:40 a.m., May 13, 2020. 

Laboratory-Confirmed Cases Deaths Completed Tests Currently Hospitalized Number of Counties
15,816 597  210,457 521 99

Knowing when to dial up or down social distancing and other protections depends on two factors: our Trends in key metrics, and our capacity to conduct Testing and Tracing. Governor Cooper and Secretary Cohen announced a combination of key metrics that North Carolina is watching to inform decisions to ease restrictions. These key metrics are included below. 

Laboratory-Confirmed Cases reflect cases that were tested and returned positive, including the NC State Laboratory of Public Health and reporting hospital and commercial labs. All data are preliminary. Not all cases of COVID-19 are tested, so this does not represent the total number of people in North Carolina who have or had COVID-19.

Deaths reflect deaths in persons with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 reported by local health departments to the NC Department of Health and Human Services.

Completed tests reflect testing completed by the NC State Laboratory of Public Health and reporting hospital and commercial labs.

Currently hospitalized reflect the number of patients with COVID-19 that are currently hospitalized in reporting hospitals.


Information provided by the John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. Data up-to-date as of 4:14 pm Thursday afternoon.

15,199 – Number of confirmed cases for North Carolina

1,340,643 – Confirmed cases in the United States

79,935 deaths nationwide


Governor Roy Cooper announced today that parents who need food assistance for their children can text FOODNC to 877-877 to locate nearby free meal sites. More information at this link.

Residents asked to reconsider burning yard debris due to spring wildfire season and COVID-19 pandemic. To read more click here.

National Forests in North Carolina temporarily shutting down all recreation facilities. More information at this link.

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