Local COVID-19 cases reach 30; 7 people have recovered

Published 4:28 pm Wednesday, April 1, 2020

SALISBURY — The Rowan County Public Health Department on Wednesday confirmed there were a total of 30 positive COVID-19 cases in Rowan County among the 540 specimens submitted.

Officials said, of those 30 positive cases, 13 were travel-related and 17 were spread through people interacting with one another in Rowan County. Of those same 30 cases, seven people have recovered, five are hospitalized and one person has died. Officials say they continue to follow-up with 17 people about their current status.

The average age of those affected is 50.9 years old.

The Rowan County Health Department said the results are based on all reporting hospitals, commercial labs and results from the NC State Laboratory of Public Health.

Officials also reminded citizens on Wednesday to adhere to the governor’s executive order that limits social gathering to no more than 10 people, other than funerals, which may gather no more than 50 people in a room or space.

“Our goal should be to remain socially connected while maintaining the recommended safe physical distance,” county government said in a Wednesday news release.

As of Wednesday, there were 26,243 tests completed statewide and of those 1,584 were positive. There were 10 deaths reported and 204 people are currently hospitalized, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

According to a zip code map provided by the Rowan Public Health Department, the largest number of the Rowan County positive cases are in the city of Salisbury area, with 10 cases in the 28147 zip code and seven in the 28144 zip code. They are followed by six confirmed cases in the 28146 zip code.

Anyone who believes they have symptoms of the coronavirus or who have questions are urged to contact their health care provider or the Rowan County Health Department hotline at 980-432-1800.

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