NC April 17 COVID-19 update: Cases rise by 394; state partners with universities for testing research

North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (WAVY) – North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper held a coronavirus press conference on Friday at 2 p.m. along with health officials.

Governor Cooper began the briefing talking about the current state of testing, “North Carolina has made great strides, but we have more work to do. We’ve conducted at least 73,000 tests which is a long way from where we were a month ago. In fact, testing in our state has increased by 88% over the last two weeks. But we need testing to be more widespread.”

NC University Partnership

Cooper announced a partnership with UNC, Duke University and East Carolina University to test and trace how the virus is spreading.

Testing Surge Workgroup

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) has convened a workgroup to develop a plan to increase testing, expand testing sites and options, and address testing supply challenges, including the availability of personal protective equipment. Learn more at this link.

Mental Health Helplines

The Hope4NC Helpline is a mental health resource to support North Carolinians during the COVID-19 pandemic. Call 1-855-587-3463 for support 24 hrs/day, 7 days/week. A Hope4Healers Helpline (919-226-2002) is also available for health care workers experiencing stress.


On Friday, North Carolina’s confirmed number of COVID-19 cases rose by 394 on April 17, up from Thursday’s increase of 342, bringing the state’s total to 5,859.

The number of deaths in the state increased by 21, from 131 on Thursday to 152 on Friday. Most of those who’ve died, 84%, are above the age of 65, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services data shows.

The number of people currently hospitalized due to the disease dropped from 452 on Thursday to 429 on Friday.

72, 981 people have been tested so far.

Here’s the breakdown of cases in northeast North Carolina and the Outer Banks:

  • Gates: 4
  • Dare: 11 – 1 death
  • Currituck: 2
  • Pasquotank: 20
  • Perquimans: 8
  • Chowan: 6
  • Hertford: 7 – 1 Death
  • Bertie: 19 — 1 death
  • Camden: 0

For more COVID-19 information from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, click here.


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