NC health chief laments virus trends as order soon expires

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RALEIGH, NC (WWAY/AP) — North Carolina’s health chief says the state’s COVID-19 case trends have worsened since the economy has reopened in recent weeks.

But Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen wouldn’t say on Monday whether they would prevent more shuttered businesses from reopening when Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive order expires this week.

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The number of virus-related hospitalizations remains near a record high for the pandemic, and the number of deaths has exceeded 1,200.

The state prison system says about 60 offenders held in Stanly County have tested positive. And state courts will extend a prohibition on jury trials through at least the end of July.

As of Monday morning, there were 53,605 laboratory-confirmed cases in the state. NCDHHS reports 36,921 people are presumed to be recovered from COVID-19.



Because hospitals and individuals do not report to NCDHHS precisely when they recover, the agency calculates the number of patients presumed to be recovered by using a median recovery time of 14 days for people who were not hospitalized and 28 days for people who were.

However, recovery times may be longer or shorter depending on the individual.

These estimates are unrelated to the number of people who are still infectious.