North Carolina now has 23 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) according to NCDHHS today.
On a daily case count tracker, NCDHHS has identified new cases in Brunswick, Cabarrus, Craven, Harnett, Mecklenburg, and Wayne Counties. The number in Wake County also increased, now standing at 11. That number is nearly half of all total cases in the state identified as of March 14.
According to a release from Craven County’s health department, the individual there tested positive after returning from international travel. The individual has been in isolation at home since Wednesday.
The presumptive positive test in Brunswick County was identified Friday. The individual had traveled to Louisiana and became symptomatic while there. “We are encouraging our residents to remain calm, to continue to follow the health guidelines the state and county have recommended, and to follow our official channels for the most accurate, confirmed information about how coronavirus is impacting our county,” Brunswick Health and Human Services Director David Stanley said. “We are continuing to monitor how novel coronavirus is impacting the state and county and will continue to keep our residents informed.”
State health officials have said they expect the number of cases to increase as testing becomes more available across the state.