At least four recovered among 24 COVID-19 cases

Published 5:00 pm Tuesday, March 31, 2020

SALISBURY — As the county’s COVID-19 cases total rose to 24 on Tuesday, the Rowan County Health Department provided the most detailed data yet about local cases.

Included in that data was the fact that at least four of the 24 people diagnosed here have recovered. The Health Department said it was still following up with 15 of the patients to inquire about their status.

Of the 457 samples submitted from Rowan County for COVID-19 testing, 24 have produced positive results. Of those results, 11 have been deemed travel-related, with the remaining 13 being a result of people spreading the virus here. The average age of positive cases has decreased to 48.6 from an average of 49.9 when there were 12 cases.

Four people who have tested positive here are currently hospitalized, and one person has died.

The county’s zip code map continues to show that the largest number of cases are in the 28147 zip code, with 9, and 28144, with 5.

Statewide, there were 1,498 cases on Tuesday morning and eight deaths. There have been at least 23,106 completed COVID-19 tests in the state, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. A plurality of cases in North Carolina (43%) have been between the ages of 25 and 49, with the next highest percentage (26%) being between the ages of 50 and 64.

For any questions regarding the coronavirus, including those who have symptoms and wish to be tested, individuals are encouraged to call their health care provider or the Rowan County Health Department hotline at 980-432-1800.

Symptoms of COVID-19, a disease caused by coronavirus, are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure.