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Richmond County COVID-19 cases increase by 5 as state sees highest 1-day spike

Richmond County Health Department

ROCKINGHAM — The coronavirus case count in Richmond County has now topped 100.

In a map published by the Richmond County Health Department on Thursday, the numbers add up to 103.

That’s an increase of five new cases since Wednesday and 12 in two days.

The map shows the number of cases by ZIP code in Rockingham, Hamlet, Ellerbe and Hoffman — the only areas with reported positive cases of COVID-19 — along with the number of recoveries.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services map only showed 100 in its 11 a.m. update. It pulls its numbers at 5 a.m., county Health Director Dr. Tommy Jarrell previously told the RO.

The Health Department’s update on Thursday showed that 38 patients have recovered, two are hospitalized and 61 are in home isolation.

As for the age ranges: five are 18 years old or younger; 12 are 19-30; 11 are 31-40; 26 are 41-50; 28 are 51-64; and 21 are 65 or older.

Of those tested, 681 have had a negative result.

According to DHHS, the statewide total has increased to 16,507 in 99 counties, with Avery still being the only COVID-19-free county in North Carolina.

WTVD-TV reports that the increase of 691 is the largest one-day increase of coronavirus cases since testing began back in March.

Every county in the surrounding area saw an increase of at least one new case (Stanly went from 30 to 31) within the past 24 hours. Mecklenburg, which has the highest number in the state and is also the most populated, went from 2,204 to 2,320.

Other regional case numbers:

Union – 313

Anson – 41

Montgomery – 47

Moore – 164

Hoke – 134

Scotland – 46

Robeson – 448


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