Highest One-Day Increase of COVID-19 Positive Tests reported for North Carolina

Last Updated on May 24, 2020 10:26 am

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) reported the state’s highest one-day number of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases with 1,107 cases on Saturday. The total lab-confirmed cases stood at 22,725, up from 21,618 on Friday, according to NCDHHS data

“This is a notable and concerning increase. As we head into a holiday weekend, please practice the three Ws – wear a face covering, wait six feet apart, and wash your hands frequently. When it comes to our health, we need to work together to protect our families, friends and neighbors,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen.

In addition, ten percent of total tests were positive among labs that report both negative and positive tests into the state electronic reporting system, the department said in a press release on Saturday.

The statement also said NCDHHS epidemiologists are analyzing the data to determine if there were any significant contributing factors.

As of Sunday morning the positive case count for Watauga stood at 12, 32 for Ashe, 13 for Alleghany and 2 for Avery.

The active case count, the number of individuals currently in isolation, stood at 3 for Watauga, 24 for Ashe and 6 for Alleghany.

18 individuals are being monitored, due to being exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case, in Watauga and 22 in Ashe.

Additional data is posted on the NC COVID-19 Dashboard at

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