Coronavirus update: North Carolina – Sunday, April 12

NEARLY 4,400 CASES

North Carolina has at least 4,398 reported cases of coronavirus as of Sunday morning, and 87 people have died, according to state and county records.

Mecklenburg County has 935 reported cases and 11 deaths, the most in the state.

In the Triangle, Wake County has 449 reported cases, Durham County has 277, Orange County has 141, and Johnston County has 96.

At least 362 people across North Carolina are hospitalized with the coronavirus, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

EASTER CHURCH SERVICES

Most churches across North Carolina will host Easter services online Sunday.

Chris Partin, pastor of Plymouth Church in southern Wake County, told The News & Observer more than 2,000 people have watched his sermons online since the governor banned large gatherings.

He joked: “All of a sudden, I’m a televangelist.”

A few churches will have drive-in services broadcast to congregants who remain in their cars, The News & Observer reports.

FOURTH DEATH REPORTED AT NURSING HOME

A fourth resident at a Triangle nursing home has died from COVID-19, Orange County officials said Saturday.

The four were at at PruittHealth-Carolina Point in Durham, where 66 residents and 20 staff members have tested positive for the virus, The News & Observer reports.

MECKLENBURG WARNS OF UNAPPROVED TESTS

Mecklenburg County health officials say at least one rapid test for the coronavirus being used in the area is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and may not be accurate.

“It has a very low sensitivity early in the illness, which means a higher likelihood of a false negative result,” Public Health Director Gibbie Harris said in a statement, according to The Charlotte Observer.

She warned the unapproved tests could make it more likely that infected people won’t know their true status and then pass the virus on to others.

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