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N.C. sets new one-day record for COVID-19 cases; 6 reported in Richmond

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ROCKINGHAM— While Richmond County experienced a lower number of new COVID-19 cases on Friday, North Carolina reported nearly 2,100, setting a new record-high.

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services announced 2,099 new lab-confirmed cases heading into the July 4th weekend.

The previous record for new cases in one day was set on July 1 with 1,843. Prior to that, the highest one-day toal was on June 12 with 1,768.

The past three days have seen some of the highest testing numbers, as well, with more than 27,000 reported July 2.

The state also reported a record-high of hospitalizations at 951.

Those admitted to hospitals with the coronavirus has steadily increased, with a few dips, since June 1, according to DHHS records.

“We are seeing significant spread of the virus and it is very concerning," State Health Secretary Mandy Cohen said in a press release. “Today we have the highest reported day of new cases and hospitalizations — and that should be a warning to us all as we go into this holiday weekend. We don’t get a holiday from COVID-19. We all need to wear a face covering, avoid crowds and wash our hands often.”

The Richmond County Health Department reportedly only six new cases Friday — down more than half from the 16 reported Wednesday— for a total of 312 since the first case was reported April 7.

There have been a total of 46 new cases reported since Monday.

The county has 91 active cases, with only one hospitalized. The rest are under home isolation.

According to the Health Department, one more person has recovered, bringing that total to 214.

Of all those tested, 2,300 have received a negative result.

Health and Human Services Director Dr. Tommy Jarrell said Thursday it is still too early to tell the impact, if any, Gov. Roy Cooper’s mandatory mask order will have.

He added that the county may issue an update on Independence Day, but he wasn’t sure. The Health Department holds all new cases on Sunday for the following day.


The number of local cases per age group are as follows:

  • 0-18 - 35
  • 19-30 - 58
  • 31-40 - 42
  • 41-50 - 56
  • 50-64 - 78
  • 65-older - 43

The number of cases per ZIP code are as follows:

  • Rockingham - 180 (130 recovered)
  • Hamlet - 86 (60 recovered)
  • Ellerbe - 29 (13 recovered)
  • Hoffman - 16 (10 recovered)
  • Mount Gilead - 1 - recovered

Nineteen of the state’s 100 counties have now experienced more than 1,000 total cases, according to DHHS: Burke, Davidson, Mecklenburg, Gaston, Union, Rowan Cabarrus, Randolph, Forsyth, Guilford, Alamance, Durham, Wake, Johnston, Wayne, Duplin, Sampson, Cumberland and Robeson counties.

With the exception of Burke, those counties almost form a contiguous arc around the Piedmont.

Chatham County, with 975 cases, could be next.

Graham and Clay counties, both in the mountains, only have 10 cases each. On the coast, the counties with the fewest cases are Tyrrell (11) and Hyde (12).

The total numbers (including recoveries) for surrounding counties are as follows:

  • Mecklenburg -12,233
  • Union - 1,382
  • Stanly - 437
  • Montgomery - 334
  • Anson - 142
  • Moore - 511 (115 active)
  • Hoke - 391
  • Scotland - 144
  • Robeson - 1,320

All numbers except Moore are from DHHS, which is from the local health department, as there has been a discrepancy with the state showing fewer cases. 

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, which last updated its numbers on July 1, is reporting 385 cases in Chesterfield County and 311 in Marlboro County.