Coronavirus updates: North Carolina – Wednesday, April 1

CASES TOP 1,500

North Carolina has at least 1,536 reported coronavirus cases as of Wednesday morning, and 10 people have died.

More than 150 people in the state were hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Tuesday, and more than 23,100 coronavirus tests had been completed.

More than 80 of the state’s 100 counties now have at least one confirmed case of the virus.

Mecklenburg County has the most reported cases in the state, with 420. Wake County has 193, and Durham County has 124.

3 DEATHS REPORTED TUESDAY

Three deaths from the coronavirus were reported Tuesday, increasing the statewide total to 10.

In Guilford County, a 78-year-old resident who had underlying medical conditions died from the virus, official said. A person in his or her 80s died in Cherokee County, and another person died in Forsyth County.

Officials say peak of coronavirus in NC will be hard to predict

State health director Mandy Cohen expalins why the peak of coronavirus in North Carolina will be difficult to predict with any precision. Cohen spoke to reporters Monday, March 30, 2020 in Raleigh.

UTILITY SERVICES

Gov. Roy Cooper signed an executive order Tuesday afternoon the stop utility companies from shutting off services to customers who can’t pay their bills.

The order gives residents a 60-day grace period to make payments.

MORE TAX RELIEF

North Carolina is expanding tax relief to residents and businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The state already announced there will be no penalties for individual, corporation, partnership, trust and estate filings and payments. It also extended filing and payment deadlines for income taxes until July 15, along with the federal government.

Now there will be no penalties for late filing or payment of state sales and use and withholding taxes until after July 15, the N.C. Department of Revenue said Tuesday.

WELLS FARGO WORKERS TEST POSITIVE

Two workers at the Wells Fargo Customer Information Center in Charlotte have tested positive for the coronavirus, the company said Tuesday.

The bank said it was informed Sunday about the workers who tested positive. The two employees had not been into work since March 13 and March 12, respectively.

The center is one of the largest corporate campuses in the area, with about 9,000 workers.

MEDICAL SUPPLIES STILL NEEDED

North Carolina has received a little more than 17% of the medical supplies and protective equipment for health care workers that it has requested from the federal government, the governor said Tuesday.

The state is still pushing to get the supplies it requested and, in the meantime, is looking for ways to get them from other sources.

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