North Carolina reached over 1,000 confirmed COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases on Saturday, March 28, 2020. Bladen, Jones and Pender are the last remaining southeastern North Carolina counties to have zero confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
As of Sunday at 10:35 a.m. the three counties are the only southeastern areas not shaded in the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services COVID-19 case count map. NCDHHS reported this morning, there are now 1,040 confirmed coronavirus cases in the State. The State’s site also has a disclaimer: “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.”
The site lists a total of 4 deaths due to COVID-19 with 91 patients hospitalized at this time. There have been a total of 18,945 tests administered for the coronavirus in the state of NC.
There have been 28 COVID-19 tests given in Bladen County, according to a report given by Dr. Terri Duncan, Bladen County Health & Human Services Director. On Saturday morning providers were waiting on five results to come back.
While giving her report, Dr. Duncan said, “As we have heard many times, COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving situation, in uncharted waters. Bladen County residents are known for pulling together in crisis situations. We will weather this storm. Thank you for taking seriously the mitigation strategies to decrease further spread of COVID-19.”
The NCDHHS tweeted a reminder, “Beginning 5 p.m., 3/30, North Carolinians should #StayatHome except to visit essential businesses, exercise outdoors or help a family member or friend. Gatherings of 10+ are banned & everyone should stay 6 ft apart. Find out what will remain open: bit.ly/EO121FAQ #COVID19NC”
CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The outbreak first started in Wuhan, China, but cases have been identified in a growing number of other locations internationally, including the United States. In addition to CDC, many public health laboratories are now testing for the virus that causes COVID-19.