CASES TOP 1,700
North Carolina has at least 1,716 reported cases of coronavirus as of Thursday morning, and 15 people have died.
More than 200 people in the state were in the hospital with COVID-19 as of Wednesday night, and more than 26,200 had been tested for the virus.
Mecklenburg County has the most cases in the state, with 465. Wake County has 228 and Durham County has 141.
MORE DEATHS REPORTED
More coronavirus-related deaths were reported Wednesday, bringing the statewide death toll to 15.
Rockingham County reported its first death Wednesday afternoon. The patient was in his or her mid-60s and had several underlying conditions, officials said.
A death was also reported in Mecklenburg County, bringing the total there to two.
In Bertie County, a person who was at least 65 years old died from the virus, officials said.
And Wilkes County reported its first death Wednesday morning. A 60-year-old woman with underlying medical conditions reportedly died Tuesday.
SCHOOL CALENDAR CHANGES
The Wake County school system said Wednesday it’s switching all year-round schools over to a traditional calendar starting April 13 through at least May 15 while schools use remote learning.
Thousands of year-round school students in the county will have classes each weekday, and their breaks will be shortened or eliminated.
All North Carolina K-12 public schools are closed until at least May 15, but online teaching will begin April 6 at modified-calendar schools and early college high schools. It will start April 13 for both year-round and traditional-calendar schools.
Amneal Pharmaceuticals, a New Jersey-based company, donated 600,000 doses of hydroxychloroquine to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services that could be used to treat coronavirus patients in the state this weekend.
The Food and Drug Administration issued an “emergency use authorization” last weekend for the anti-malarial drug to be used to treat COVID-19.
MORE CASES AT NC PRISON
Nine cases of coronavirus have been reported at Butner Federal Correctional Institution, the Federal Bureau of Prisons said Wednesday.
Two cases of COVID-19 were confirmed at the prison on Monday, and one staff member has tested positive.
AMBULANCE WORKER TESTS POSITIVE
A Mecklenburg County EMS employee has tested positive for COVID-19, officials said Wednesday.
The person wasn’t at work with symptoms, did not transport a COVID-19 patient and is now isolated at home, officials said.