NC May 15 COVID-19 update: 622 new cases, 26 new deaths as NC enters second week of phase 1; Friday coronavirus briefing

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WAVY) — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D. and Director of NC Emergency Management Mike Sprayberry held a Friday briefing with coronavirus updates.

Similar to Thursday’s briefing, Cohen said that the state remains stable as it continues the week into Phase 1.

The key bullets from yesterday remain the same:

  • Trajectory in COVID-Like Illness (CLI) Surveillance Over 14 Days: North Carolina’s syndromic surveillance trend for COVID-like illness is decreasing.
  • Trajectory of Lab-Confirmed Cases over 14 Days: North Carolina’s trajectory of lab-confirmed cases is slightly increasing.
  • Trajectory in Percent of Tests Returning Positive Over 14 Days: North Carolina’s trajectory in percent of tests returning positive has been decreasing and is starting to level.
  • Trajectory in Hospitalizations Over 14 Days: North Carolina’s trajectory of hospitalizations is level.

Additionally, the state continues to respond by keeping up with personal protective supplies and equipment — with the exception of gowns — and the lab testing and tracing initiatives continue to progress forward.

The Phase 1 executive Order remains in effect until 5 p.m. on Friday, May 22. The end of this Order does not necessarily mean the state will move to Phase 2.

Phase 2 will only start if data and indicators remain stable. Based on the metrics laid out last month by Governor Cooper and Secretary Cohen, officials need to continue watching the trends before shifting into Phase 2.

As for the daily number updates, North Carolina is reporting 622 new COVID-19 cases and 26 new deaths on May 15 as the state enters its second week in “phase 1” of its economic reopening plan.

There are now 17,129 laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19, 641 deaths, and 231,547 tests have been completed, per the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

A total of 492 are hospitalized across the state due to the virus, a decrease of 15 from 507 people that were hospitalized on Thursday, health officials said.

8,811 new tests were reported Friday as North Carolina nears about 7,000 tests per day on average.

With the increase in testing, the percent of positive tests have dropped to 7%.

Here’s the latest count in WAVY’s viewing area:

Gates: 13 (3 new cases since Friday, May 8)

Dare: 18 cases, 1 death (4 new cases since Friday, May 8)

Currituck: 11 cases (2 new cases since Friday, May 8)

Pasquotank: 83 cases, 5 deaths (8 new cases since Friday, May 8)

Perquimans: 21 cases, 2 deaths (7 new cases since Friday, May 8)

Hertford: 50 cases, 1 death (4 new cases since Friday, May 8)

Bertie: 76 cases, 3 deaths (18 new cases, 1 new death since Friday, May 8)

Chowan: 12 (4 new cases since Friday, May 8)

Camden: 2 (no new cases since Friday, May 8)

Avery County remains the only county in North Carolina without a confirmed case of COVID-19.

North Carolina started Phase One of Gov. Roy Cooper’s reopening plan on May 8. The governor said earlier in the week that Phase Two wouldn’t begin until May 22 at the earliest.

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