Wednesday, 20 May 2020 17:17

Richmond County COVID-19 case count rises to 120

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ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond County Health Department has reported six new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 120.

The Health Department reported one new case on Tuesday and five new cases on Wednesday.

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services list of cases by county showed 121 for Richmond in its update on Wednesday.

The discrepancy is likely a residency issue that was solved by the county before its update was released. However, the RO could not reach Health Director Dr. Tommy Jarrell to verify. There have been several residency issues since the county’s first case was reported on April 7.

Two of the new cases are patients under the age of 30.

As of May 19, 1,022 residents had been tested —  259 since May 12 — and 754 of those tests had returned a negative result. However, Wednesday’s update only showed 750.

The county health department updates those numbers each Tuesday.

Looking at Tuesday’s numbers, 71 are under home isolation, four are hospitalized, and a total of 43 have recovered.

The number of cases by age group are as follows:

  • Birth-18 - 6
  • 19-30 - 16
  • 31-40 - 14
  • 41-50 - 26
  • 51-64 -34
  • 65-older - 24

The number of those 41-50 was previously reported by the Health Department as 28.

The number of cases per ZIP code are as follows:

  • Rockingham - 76 (27 recoveries)
  • Hamlet - 38 (13 recoveries)
  • Ellerbe - 5 (two recoveries)
  • Hoffman - 1 (recovered)

Statewide, there are 20,122 cases in all 100 counties. Avery County, which had held out for the past two months, finally reported its first case on Wednesday.

There is still a discrepancy between the DHHS and Moore County Health Department.

While DHHS reports that Moore County has 119, which is one fewer than Richmond, the health department there reports 177 cases.

May 16 saw the largest one-day increase with 853 new cases reported. However, the percentage of positive test results is on a downward trend.

The number of cases in surrounding counties, according to DHHS, are as follows:

  • Mecklenburg - 2,780
  • Union - 364
  • Anson - 50
  • Stanly - 33
  • Montgomery - 68
  • Hoke -166
  • Scotland - 56
  • Robeson - 591

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control last updated its numbers on May 18, reporting 101 cases in Chesterfield County and 76 in Marlboro County.