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Coronavirus/COVID-19 Key Items To Know Locally – Monday May 18, 2020

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Last Updated on May 18, 2020 5:43 pm

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

First Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in Avery County. Click here for more information.

Governor Roy Cooper and members of the Coronavirus Task Force held a briefing on COVID-19 updates. A replay is available at 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.


*Note – The first confirmed case in Avery County was announced this afternoon, after the morning NCDHHS update. All 100 counties now have at least one confirmed case*

Updated daily by 11 a.m. Last updated 11:00 a.m., May 18, 2020.

Laboratory-Confirmed CasesDeathsCompleted TestsCurrently HospitalizedNumber of Counties
19,023661255,75551199

Laboratory-Confirmed Cases reflect cases that were tested and returned positive, including the NC State Laboratory of Public Health, reporting hospitals 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, reporting hospitals and commercial labs.

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


COVID-19 Patients Presumed to be Recovered – Updated May 18 , 2020

Patients Presumed to be Recovered = 11,637

The estimated number of patients presumed to be recovered from symptoms from COVID-19 is used in combination with other measures to provide a general sense of how many people with COVID-19 have likely recovered from symptoms.

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) estimates a median time to recovery of 14 days from the date of specimen collection for non-fatal COVID-19 cases who were not hospitalized, or if hospitalization status is unknown. The estimated median recovery time is 28 days from the date of specimen collection for hospitalized non-fatal COVID-19 cases. Estimates are used since patient-specific data on the actual time to resolution of all symptoms are not available for all COVID-19 cases in North Carolina.

It is important to note that patients’ actual recovery times could be shorter or longer depending on the severity of illness. This interval was chosen based on World Health Organization (WHO) guidance, and in consultation with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other state health departments. A median recovery time of two weeks from illness onset for mild cases and three–six weeks for patients with severe or critical disease was reported by WHO.

These estimates are unrelated to the number of cases that are or are not still infectious.

These estimates cannot account for other factors that could impact a patient’s recovery time or disease severity, such as age and underlying health conditions. These estimates do not measure the amount of natural immunity to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in the population. Doctors and scientists do not yet know if patients who have recovered are protected with natural immunity from getting COVID-19 again.


Information provided by the John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. Data up-to-date as of 5:40 pm Thursday afternoon.


19,171 – Number of confirmed cases for North Carolina

1,504,244 – Confirmed cases in the United States

90,193 deaths nationwide


All data are preliminary and may change as cases are investigated. Data provided by NCDHHS.

CountyLaboratory-Confirmed CasesDeaths
Alamance County21511
Alexander County210
Alleghany County120
Anson County480
Ashe County280
Beaufort County300
Bertie County893
Bladen County732
Brunswick County572
Buncombe County1764
Burke County19814
Cabarrus County37919
Caldwell County862
Camden County20
Carteret County353
Caswell County441
Catawba County1042
Chatham County51224
Cherokee County171
Chowan County150
Clay County50
Cleveland County552
Columbus County24218
Craven County1274
Cumberland County47112
Currituck County110
Dare County181
Davidson County29310
Davie County462
Duplin County4388
Durham County1,00938
Edgecombe County1718
Forsyth County6877
Franklin County12420
Gaston County2036
Gates County140
Graham County20
Granville County2016
Greene County511
Guilford County86147
Halifax County1131
Harnett County24717
Haywood County260
Henderson County28738
Hertford County531
Hoke County1520
Hyde County10
Iredell County1925
Jackson County241
Johnston County25717
Jones County232
Lee County3223
Lenoir County1585
Lincoln County480
Macon County51
Madison County20
Martin County364
McDowell County321
Mecklenburg County2,65263
Mitchell County80
Montgomery County573
Moore County11710
Nash County1533
New Hanover County1223
Northampton County13010
Onslow County752
Orange County27736
Pamlico County90
Pasquotank County877
Pender County491
Perquimans County232
Person County331
Pitt County2132
Polk County313
Randolph County4616
Richmond County1152
Robeson County5206
Rockingham County462
Rowan County54025
Rutherford County1535
Sampson County2591
Scotland County530
Stanly County324
Stokes County360
Surry County951
Swain County60
Transylvania County70
Tyrrell County40
Union County35416
Vance County19516
Wake County1,23928
Warren County290
Washington County263
Watauga County110
Wayne County86715
Wilkes County4251
Wilson County2469
Yadkin County1091
Yancey County100
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