Coronavirus Updates: North Carolina – Tuesday, March 31

We’re keeping track of the most up-to-date news about coronavirus in North Carolina. Check back for updates.

CASES TOP 1,300

North Carolina has at least 1,373 reported coronavirus cases as of Tuesday morning, and seven people have died.

Nearly 140 people in the state were hospitalized with the virus on Monday, the day a statewide stay-at-home order went into effect.

Mecklenburg County has the most reported cases in the state, with 382. Wake County has 180, and Durham County has 118.

More than 20,800 people in North Carolina have been tested for the coronavirus, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

The pandemic’s peak is still weeks away in North Carolina, according to a model from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. As of Monday afternoon, the model estimates the peak will be April 22.

MORE DEATHS REPORTED

Seven North Carolina residents and two Virginia residents traveling in the state have died from the coronavirus.

The latest death was reported Monday afternoon. An Onslow County resident in his or her 70s with underlying health conditions had contracted COVID-19 and died March 22, officials said.

A Virginia resident in his or her 80s with underlying health conditions also died, Carteret County health officials said Monday.

A Virginia resident died Friday after contracting the virus from a rehabilitation center in Northampton County, officials said Monday.

INMATES TEST POSITIVE

Two inmates at a federal prison in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons reported on Monday the first confirmed cases among inmates at the Federal Correctional Complex in Butner.

This comes days after the facility reported a staff member there tested positive.

GUN STORES ALLOWED TO OPEN

Wake County will now allow gun stores to stay open during the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Monday.

They originally weren’t included on the list of essential businesses under the stay-at-home order that went into effect Monday evening and required nonessential businesses to close.

But after the order was issued, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity Infrastructure & Security Agency updated its list of what it considers essential workers to include “workers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, and shooting ranges.”

Wake County will update its order to follow those guidelines.

CASES LINKED TO CHURCH EVENT

Multiple coronavirus cases have been linked to a Durham church event, county officials said Monday night.

The Faith Assembly event took place March 22 at Millennium Hotel Durham. Anyone who attended and has symptoms of the coronavirus is asked to call the Durham County Department of Public Health at 919-635-8150.

Durham County reported 11 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday.

DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE CLOSES

The North Carolina Department of Revenue headquarters in Raleigh closed Monday after an employee tested positive for the coronavirus.

The employee had not been in the building since March 21, and the department says many employees were already working remotely.

The building is being cleaned and, in the meantime, taxpayers can still access online resources.

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