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Eight total new COVID-19 cases in Rowan over weekend

SALISBURY — With an additional eight positives from 72 tests reported Saturday and Sunday, little changed in Rowan County’s COVID-19 outbreak over the weekend.

There have been 475 COVID-19 positives in Rowan County since its outbreak started. On Sunday, there were 265 active cases, with 185 people who have recovered and 25 dead. There have been 2,854 tests conducted in the county.

Most days, there are fewer than 50 COVID-19 tests conducted in Rowan County, according to data provided by the Rowan County Health Department. The largest exception was May 1, when there were 94 tests reported.

The latest statewide numbers released Sunday show the total number of cases at 14,764, an increase of 404 from one day prior. The death count increased from 544 to 547. Rowan County’s official death count has remained flat for a week.

Statewide, the rate of positive tests for the virus is under 10% as the state continues to ramp up testing capacity. In Rowan County, the rate of positive tests remains above 16%. Health officials say a lower percentage of positive tests is indicative that enough are being conducted.

For questions about coronavirus in Rowan County, members of the public can call the Health Department’s COVID-19 hotline at 980-432-1800 or email covid-19@rowancountync.gov.

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