WLOS Thursday Update: Almost 300 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the state

Written by on April 2, 2020

by Kristy Kepley-Steward

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state of North Carolina continues to grow. As of Thursday, April 2, 2020, there are 1,857 cases in the state; that’s up from 1,584 on Wednesday. State health officials say 16 deaths have been recorded in North Carolina with 184 people currently hospitalized. To date, 28,679 tests have been completed.


Not all cases of COVID-19 are tested, so this does not represent the total number of people in North Carolina who have or had COVID-19.

In Western North Carolina:

  • Buncombe County has 21 cases, 1 death
  • Cherokee County has 8 cases, 1 death
  • Franklin County has 12 cases
  • Haywood County has 2 cases (reported by county, not reflected on NCDHHS website)
  • Henderson County has 22 cases
  • Jackson County reported 1 case of a part-time county resident. (The county said since the patient is a part-time resident of Jackson County, the case
    will be identified in their home state, not in North Carolina.)
  • Macon County has 1 case
  • McDowell County has 8 cases
  • Mitchell County has 1 case
  • Polk County has 1 case
  • Rutherford County has 9 case
  • Transylvania County has 5 cases

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D., Assistant Secretary of the Division of Employment Security Lockhart Taylor, Commissioner of Prisons Todd Ishee and Director of NC Emergency Management Mike Sprayberry will be available Thursday media briefing at 2 p.m. News 13 will stream that briefing here

In addition, Buncombe County health officials have scheduled a meeting for 2:30 p.m. We will also be streaming that press update here.

Because COVID-19 is most commonly spread through respiratory droplets, North Carolinians should take the same measures that health care providers recommend to prevent the spread of the flu and other viruses, including:

Practice social distancing. This is the Number One Enemy of COVID-19. To prevent community spread we need everyone to take social distancing seriously!

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and running water for 20 seconds
  • Regularly sanitize frequently-touched surfaces
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Cover coughs and sneezes, preferably with your elbow to avoid transferring germs to your hands
  • Stay home if you are sick

It is important to make sure the information you are getting about COVID-19 is coming directly from reliable sources like the CDC and NCDHHS.


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