COVID-19 cases in Rowan reach 37; nine have recovered

Published 3:44 pm Thursday, April 2, 2020

By Shavonne Potts

SALISBURY — The number of people who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 rose by seven on Thursday, bringing the total to 37 individuals.

The Rowan County Public Health Department reports that 697 specimens have been submitted for testing. The results are a combination of the N.C. State Laboratory of Public Health and all reporting hospital and commercial labs.

Officials said, of those 37 positive cases, 13 were travel-related and 24 were acquired by people spreading the virus here — also called “community spread.” Of those 37 cases, nine patients have recovered, five are hospitalized and one person has died.

Officials continue to follow-up with 22 people regarding their status.

As of Thursday, there were 28,679 tests completed statewide. Of those, 1,857 were positive. There have been 16 deaths reported in the state, and 184 people are currently hospitalized, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

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.