North Carolina COVID-19 Cases Top 45,000

WBT Newsroom
June 15, 2020 - 2:01 pm

(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

State health officials on Monday reported 983 new COVID-19 cases in North Carolina, the first time in nearly a week the number was below 1,000. There have now been a total of 45,102 cases. Approximately 11,000 tests were conducted Sunday, with 8% of them positive, down from 9% the previous day. A week ago, the percentage of positive tests was also 9%.

The number of coronavirus-related deaths in the state increased 9 to 1,118. For a second consecutive day the number of COVID-19 related hospitalizations decreased, down 1 to 797. That's about 100 more than the previous week.

Mecklenburg County continues to lead the state in the number of cases by a significant amount. An additional 190 cases were reported Monday, for a total of 7,321 along with 124 deaths. Wake County has the second highest number of cases with 3,099, followed by Durham County with 2,712 cases.

The state health department also announced on Monday that $26 million is available to help mitigate the economic disruption of COVID-19. The money is part of the federal Community Services Block Grant and can be used for things such as helping eligible residents facing eviction with unmet rent and utility expenses.

“With the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Governor’s moratorium on evictions and utility shutoffs is the only thing keeping many families in safe and stable housing,” said NCDHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen. “This flexible funding will allow our Community Action Agencies to continue to meet a wide array of needs in our communities, including helping families remain in their homes when the moratorium is lifted.” 

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