Coronavirus/COVID-19 Key Items To Know Locally – Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Last Updated on April 8, 2020 7:30 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.

Watauga County Schools to distribute additional meals ahead of spring break. Read more at this link.

A third Ashe County resident, who is also an Appalachian State University student, has tested positive for COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), and is recovering at home. More information available by clicking here.

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) has launched a new telehealth program to ensure patients have safe, convenient access to their providers during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Learn more about the program at this link.

Country music star Luke Combs concert in Boone moved to 2021. Read more about the new date at this link.

North Carolina has received approval from FEMA to provide housing alternatives, such as hotels, motels, and dormitories, for North Carolinians with unstable housing who may need to quarantine in response to or are at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19. To learn more click here.

NC Attorney General: Watch out for Scammers Posing As Family Members to Steal your Money. Click here to read more.

Interactive Map Helps Residents Find Low-Cost, Free Internet Service Options. Learn more at this link.

Governor Roy Cooper and members of the COVID-19 Task Force media briefing for Wednesday April 8, 2020

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


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

CountyLaboratory-Confirmed CasesDeaths
Alamance County270
Alexander County20
Alleghany County20
Anson County60
Ashe County20
Beaufort County90
Bertie County101
Bladen County10
Brunswick County261
Buncombe County331
Burke County292
Cabarrus County861
Caldwell County100
Carteret County180
Caswell County20
Catawba County281
Chatham County240
Cherokee County91
Chowan County10
Clay County30
Cleveland County260
Columbus County141
Craven County190
Cumberland County640
Currituck County30
Dare County70
Davidson County731
Davie County202
Duplin County80
Durham County2361
Edgecombe County120
Forsyth County1042
Franklin County231
Gaston County622
Gates County30
Granville County830
Greene County100
Guilford County1228
Halifax County120
Harnett County342
Haywood County30
Henderson County502
Hertford County41
Hoke County130
Iredell County571
Johnston County513
Lee County50
Lenoir County110
Lincoln County110
Macon County11
Martin County40
McDowell County100
Mecklenburg County8307
Mitchell County30
Montgomery County101
Moore County370
Nash County240
New Hanover County480
Northampton County520
Onslow County231
Orange County810
Pamlico County30
Pasquotank County100
Pender County20
Perquimans County20
Person County70
Pitt County510
Polk County80
Randolph County372
Richmond County10
Robeson County60
Rockingham County81
Rowan County642
Rutherford County250
Sampson County50
Scotland County30
Stanly County80
Stokes County80
Surry County100
Transylvania County60
Union County870
Vance County140
Wake County3630
Warren County30
Washington County80
Watauga County80
Wayne County340
Wilkes County41
Wilson County382
Yadkin County90
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