NC Oct. 23 COVID-19 Update: 2,715 new cases, 32 deaths; NCDHHS reports delay in daily numbers due to ‘technical issues’

North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (WAVY) — North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported 255,708 cases total across the state Friday with 2,716 new cases within the past 24-hours — the highest daily increase reported for October.

The daily data was not posted to the website until about 6 p.m. with a delay due to “technical issues,” according to health officials.

Currently, 32 additional deaths have been reported putting the state total at 4,114. About 1,181 individuals have been hospitalized due to COVID-19 which is a decrease of 24 patients from yesterday. Health officials say that 97% of hospitals are reporting patient data.

Nearly 35,347 tests have been conducted since Thursday with 7.3% positive. The state is reporting that over 3.7 million tests have been conducted since the outbreak began.

Recent data released show that the state is up by about 15% from the average two weeks earlier — putting a daily average of cases at 2,028.

Governor Roy Cooper also announced this week that the state will stay in phase 3 of its coronavirus reopening plan until at least Nov. 13 due to recent upward trends in key metrics.

It was set to expire today.

With North Carolina’s COVID-19 trends moving in the “wrong direction,” NCDHHS and the N.C. Department of Public Safety sent a letter to local leaders asking them to help slow the spread of the virus by promoting the 3 Ws (Wear, Wait and Wash) and considering local actions to improve compliance with executive orders.

The letter was sent to county and municipal leaders in 36 counties that met any of the following metrics:

  • The county has had 300 or more new cases in the last 14 days and has been identified by the White House Task Force as a county of concern
  • The rate of cases is greater than 50 cases per 10,000 people
  • The county is one of the three most populous in the state. 

Here are the latest numbers in local counties:

  • Gates: 166 cases – 3 deaths
  • Dare: 355 cases – 3 deaths
  • Currituck: 222 cases — 4 deaths
  • Pasquotank: 840 cases – 35 deaths
  • Perquimans: 235 cases – 4 deaths
  • Bertie: 714 cases – 19 deaths
  • Hertford: 851 cases – 34 deaths
  • Chowan: 500 cases – 10 deaths
  • Camden: 134 cases – 3 deaths

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