NC May 19 COVID-19 update: NC now reporting 677 new cases, 30 new deaths after update; hospitalizations hit record

North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (WAVY) — North Carolina is now reporting 677 new COVID-19 cases and 30 new deaths, along with a large jump of 74 hospitalizations on Tuesday, 11 days after entering phase 1 of its reopening.

The latest update at 2 p.m. from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services updates earlier increases reported Tuesday morning before a website error.

The numbers below were released Tuesday morning before numbers on the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ website reverted back to May 18 numbers.

The original update had only increases of 422 new cases and 21 new deaths.

The number of people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 across the state stayed the same with the change. With 585 people currently hospitalized, North Carolina broke its record of 551 on April 29.

677 new cases is the third highest daily increase, all of which have come in the last week.

Updated charts for May 19 have yet to be released. It’s unclear when NCDHHS’ website will be updated. Here’s a chart of hospitalizations via WAVY sister station WNCN.

A total of 19,445 lab-confirmed cases have been recorded in North Carolina, out of 265,008 completed tests.

NCDHHS said 11,637 have recovered from COVID-19, a new addition to their website. Director Mandy Cohen says recoveries are estimates. Patients that are not hospitalized are assumed to be recovered 14 days after testing positive, and hospitalized patients after 28 days.

The health department releases the number of patients who have recovered on Mondays.

A week ago, NCDHHS said 9,115 had recovered.

Here’s the latest numbers from WAVY’s viewing area:

Gates: 14

Dare: 18

Currituck: 11

Pasquotank: 87 — 7 deaths

Perquimans: 22 — 2 deaths

Hertford: 59 — 1 death 

Bertie: 95 — 3 deaths

Chowan: 14  

Camden: 3 

Phase 2 of Gov. Roy Cooper’s reopening plan could begin Friday at the earliest. On Monday, Cooper said an announcement concerning Phase 2 could happen mid-week.

“We’ll ease restrictions and move to Phase 2 only if we’re headed into the right direction with our data,” the governor said.

North Carolina health officials will be holding a press conference at 2 p.m. today. WAVY will carry the stream here online and on Facebook.

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