BREAKING NEWS: NC Governor Roy Cooper issues emergency order to close all public schools for 2 weeks.
Has the Coronavirus spread to any NC city and is anyone being treated at any hospital in the state? As of March 19th, 2020 10:11 AM: 98 confirmed cases of the novel Coronavirus across 24 of 100 counties and 0 deaths. It should be noted that NC DHHS is saying 97 cases across 21 counties while the Raleigh News And Observer, CDC, and WHO say 98 cases across 24 counties. LIVE Interactive Map And Discussions.
Wake County NC ( Raleigh ): 22 confirmed.
Chatham County: 3 confirmed.
Mecklenburg County NC ( Charlotte ): 13 confirmed.
Forsyth County NC ( Winston-Salem ): 2 confirmed.
Johnston County NC ( Smithfield ): 2 confirmed.
Onslow County NC ( Jacksonville ): 1 confirmed.
Brunswick County: 1 confirmed.
Craven County: 1 confirmed.
Wayne County: 1 confirmed.
Harnett County: 4 confirmed.
Cabarrus County: 1 confirmed.
Durham County: 32 confirmed.
Watauga County: 2 confirmed.
Wilson County: 1 confirmed.
Iredell: 2 confirmed.
Sampson: 1 confirmed.
Guilford: 2 confirmed.
Moore 1 confirmed.
Lincoln 1 confirmed.
New Hanover: 1 confirmed.
Union: 1 confirmed.
Hoke: 1 confirmed.
Buncombe: 1 confirmed.
Gaston 1 confirmed.
Governor Roy Cooper has issued a state of emergency over the growing number of confirmed cases in the state. Duke University suspends all on-campus classes until further notice and advises that no student should return to campus from Spring Break. UNC system announces transition from in-person classes to alternative and remote classes.
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Newest Information On The Coronavirus (Click Here)
This section will contain information that NC officials put out about this illness.
March 18 – Considerable number of NC counties showed new cases today, with 24 counties in the state having at least 1 confirmed case. The CDC released a study showing that the affects of COVID-19 on younger people is actually substantial.
March 17 – Sampson, Iredell, Orange, Lincoln, Guilford County added to the counties with confirmed cases. This now represents 19 of 100 counties with 66 cases. The Governor issued a public executive order to prohibit dine-in restaurant visits and bars, and to waive requirements for unemployment.
March 15 – Now 32 confirmed cases with Watauga County in Western NC being added with one case. Otherwise, all counties with existing cases simply added new numbers. School administrators across the state are scrambling to figure out how to get children educated for the next 2 weeks or possibly longer.
March 14 – Governor Roy Cooper issued an executive emergency order to close all NC schools for 2 weeks starting March 16.
March 13 – Chief Justice Cheri Beasley has suspended all county district and superior courts for 30 days. However, there are exceptions. Readers are encouraged to call their local clerk of court to inquire about the exceptions and rescheduled date.
March 12 – At 4 pm, NC DHHS had a press conference urging: 1) No gatherings of 100 people or more and 2) Employers encourage working from home to maximize social distancing of 6 feet or more. Despite the 100 people recommendation, the NC Governor and NC DHHS are not closing K-12 schools. Today, 2 cases in Mecklenburg County Charlotte confirmed, 2 in Forsyth County Winston-Salem, 1 in Johnston County Smithfield, 1 in Onslow County, and 1 in Chatham County NC
March 11 – Officials now say EIGHT confirmed cases, the latest also connected to BioGen. The UNC System announced that they will begin a transition from in-person classes to alternative and remote classes and this transition will be completed by March 20. The alternative classes will begin March 23rd. Additionally, all university related public gathering of 100 or more people will be cancelled.
March 10 – Governor Roy Cooper issued a state of emergency as the number of cases in NC continues to rise. NC DHHS says there are only 300 test kits available to the state and they are working to get more. Duke University suspends all on-campus classes until further notice and advises no student should return to campus from Spring Break.
March 9, 2020 – Five new PRESUMPTIVELY positive cases in Wake County NC after this group returned from a BioGen conference in Boston. It should be noted that these are not 100% confirmed cases, but there are others that attended this conference that have since tested 100% confirmed positive. All five people in Wake County are self quarantined at their homes. This would bring 7 confirmed cases in North Carolina.
March 8, 2020 – The U.S. Surgeon General announced that the United States response will move from containment of this virus to mitigating it’s affects on the population. (LEARN MORE)
March 6, 2020 – NC DHHS is confirming a case in Chatham County NC is a person who recently traveled to Italy and flew back to the states not knowing she/he had contracted the virus. This person is being quarantined at home and health officials are reviewing the plane manifest to alert other passengers.
March 3, 2020 – Governor Roy Cooper and healthcare officials have announced the FIRST confirmed coronavirus case in Wake County North Carolina. The person is believed to have traveled to Washington State and then returned to Wake County NC and began to show symptoms. Reportedly, the person affected is being quarantined at home.
February 26 – The CDC and NC health officials have issued their most stern and ominous warning about COVID-19 today. In their statements, the CDC stated that there will be a major outbreak of this virus in the United States to the level that it will (not could) close schools, businesses, and other institutions. They went on to say that this virus will cause major disruptions. NC health departments in Charlotte, Asheville, Raleigh / Durham, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Wilmington, and here in Carteret County seemingly went in to overdrive ramping up efforts to collaborate with emergency management officials.
February 13 – The U.S military announced proactive plans to deal with this virus in the case troops or a large scale pandemic hits the United States. These proactive plans will cause some mobilization at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, Cherry Point in Havelock, and the auxiliary Pope Air Force Base in Goldsboro. Around noon, Texas health officials announced that a person under quarantine at Lackland Air Force Base is the 15th person in the states to be confirmed as having COVID-19. Additionally, the Center For Disease Control And Prevention ( CDC ) announced a very significant finding that this new strain is contagious when a person is showing no signs or symptoms.
February 12 – There are now 14 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. with the latest in California.
February 11 – The World Health Organization (WHO) officially names Novel Coronavirus as COVID-19. Additionally, still no word back from Charlotte NC officials on the four people being monitored for this virus. Governor Roy Cooper announced that a state task force is now operational and will be led by NC’s chief medical office and the state emergency management director. This task force will maintain a liaison with all 100 county health officials.
February 10 – An American citizen evacuated to San Diego in California has become the 13th person in the U.S. to be confirmed.
February 9 – Health officials in North Carolina announced they are monitoring four people who recently returned to Charlotte from China. We want to emphasize that these travelers are being monitored and have not be confirmed. The Mecklenburg County Health Department said that all four people are being held in self quarantine for 14 days. Mecklenburg County officials also note that none of the four people have any symptoms of the Coronavirus.
February 7 – Wisconsin has it’s first confirmed case bringing the total to 12 in the United States.
February 2, 2020 – 11 confirmed cases now in the United States with all new cases in states where there was already 2019-nCoV diagnoses. Still no cases in North Carolina.
February 1, 2020 – 7:00 pm – New York City officials announced that one person is under investigation and they are awaiting test results to come back. Additionally, the Pentagon announced they have 1,000 beds available at a quarantine facility in case it is needed. 2:30 pm – Massachusetts health officials have confirmed a case in a man who had just returned from a trip to China. This case brings the number of confirmed to eight in the United States. 5:00 am – Another confirmed case in California near Santa Clara County brings the United States number of confirmed cases to seven.
January 31 – Since the World Health Organization and the Center For Disease Control And Prevention officially established a international health crisis and emergency for the current outbreak of 2019-nCoV on January 30th, we are seeing local NC county health departments and hospitals forming a loose alliance with each other to gear up education and preventive measures to prepare in case this pneumonia-like virus begins to spread to more U.S. states quicker including for us here in North Carolina. Since the first case of person-to-person was confirmed, it appears that medical and health practitioners and researchers are preparing for some type of significance.
January 30 – Health officials in Pittsburgh and Delaware are now saying they are monitoring patients for the possibility of having 2019-nCoV and it will take five days before blood tests reveals anything. Additionally, the only reported case in Illinois led to the woman infecting her husband making this the 6th confirmed case in the United States. Moreover, this is the first person-to-person transmission in the United States. Near Rome, Italy, there is a cruise ship carrying 6,000 passengers and 1,000 crew that has a Chinese national on-board that is quarantined on the ship after she showed symptoms. All 7,000 people are currently docked but not allowed to leave the ship.
January 29 – U.S. officials released information that they are considering a travel ban to the states from China and other Asia continents to help slow the spread. Additionally, four countries now have confirmed cases where people had not been to Wuhan or anywhere in China. Still watching to see if NC officials follow the travel ban if the federal government advises states to do that. We still aren’t aware of any county in NC releasing specific information about this virus, and there are no conformations that any hospital in the state is monitoring and testing any patients for the possibility of having 2019-nCoV.
January 28 – Officials in New Hampshire are monitoring 2 patients they did testing on for this virus and are awaiting the results. Researchers at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been working on medications and treatment on this family of viruses. Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers say that while the flu is more prevalent accounting for 1 death per 1,000 cases, the Coronavirus stands at 1 death per 25 cases. Additionally, they note that this virus is very close in structure to SARS, but different enough such that medications designed for SARS will not work on this virus. As of this date, there are still no reported cases in NC.
January 27 – Germany is now reporting their first confirmed case. Airports in Charlotte, Asheville, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Wilmington, and Raleigh Durham tell us that there are no travel restrictions from any foreign countries. Officials at the CDC are reporting that as of today, 100 cases in the United States are being tested and monitored for Coronavirus.
January 26 – 5:00 PM There is now a confirmed case in Arizona bringing the number to 5 in the United States. 2:00 PM A second person in California has tested positive. 5:00 am: U.S officials have now confirmed the third case in Orange County, California. This individual was recently in China and flew back to the states. Additionally, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, France, Japan, Nepal, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand have new diagnosed cases.
January 25th, 2020 update: Cases confirmed outside of Wuhan China and Asia as a whole include Ontario, Canada, France, Russia, Australia, and Britain. In America, Seattle has a confirmed case, Illinois has a confirmed case, and now Connecticut is pending lab results in a suspected case. All people outside of China and Asia in each of the countries above were traveling back from the area.
Still no cases in NC.
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Information from the discussions below will be transcribed to this section so that readers can engage in forum like discussions about this virus and any affects to state residents.
March 3, 2020: Concerns are mounting that the person who flew back to Wake County NC from Washington State did so on an airplane and that potentially hundreds on that flight could now be affected. Are those people still in NC or were they connecting to other cities? Many are calling for the flight manifest to be released so that authorities can track the people on that flight.
On January 24th, 2020, several media outlets wrote articles about a Raleigh NC hospital having a patient quarantined and doctors were testing this person for this virus. According to the latest information, this patient did not have the virus.
Other than this one report, there are no documented cases in any city or hospital. However, officials in larger cities like Charlotte, Asheville, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Wilmington, and Raleigh / Durham where larger airports are popular for foreign travel, officials and hospitals are on high alert.
It is even possible in coming days to see state officials turn away airline traffic from regions in China and Asia where the coronavirus is at epidemic levels. As of January 25th, 2020, there are currently 41 million people who are quarantined in their city of residence and are prevented from leaving.
And, this is why I wanted to get an article written about this epidemic. In my 51 years on this planet, I have never seen a foreign government, or our government, mobilize like they are with this outbreak.
Even with SARS, ZIKA, swine flu, bird flu, and other strains of the flu like coronavirus, there was never any government that came close to quarantining 41 million people. So, this has me concerned.
Perhaps this strain of the virus has mutated and doctors don’t have any easy answers for treating this strain. From all the information I have read from the Center For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC), this virus typically has respiratory symptoms that are pretty easy to manage medically.
With that information, I am guessing that this outbreak is a strain that causes severe respiratory symptoms that are not easily managed by doctors and hospitals.
- Frequently wash your hands and your children’s hands.
- Do not put your hand in your mouth or near your nose.
- Be vigilant about cleaning your home, office, school, car, or any other place that you frequent.
- Avoid areas where there is a large population or public gathering.
- Wear protected mask when traveling outside. Consult your local NC health department about which masks will filter out this virus.
It is important to remember that Coronavirus is airborne, so vigilance is warranted.
I also recommend that you monitor your local hospital and health department on social media sites to get other helpful information and alerts.
If you are in a NC city and see information from your local agencies or medical facilities, please consider bookmarking this article and using the discussion form below to relay the information you received from your county agency.
It is also important to remember that any respiratory illnesses like this one can really cause problems for young children (especially one’s with Asthma and the elderly).
Doctors at the CDC say that it could take 6 months to get a vaccine in place to treat this strain of the Coronavirus.
What are your concerns? If using the discussion form below, tell us what NC city and county you are from. If you are in a large metropolitan city like Charlotte, Asheville, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Raleigh, Durham, or Wilmington, what are county officials doing locally to get information out about the Coronavirus?
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Citation: Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.