Rowan COVID-19 data shows little change Sunday

Published 10:12 pm Sunday, May 17, 2020

By Shavonne Potts

SALISBURY — The Rowan County Health Department reported one additional positive case on Sunday as the majority of the other data showed little change.

The county reports 240 individuals are currently COVID-19 positive, which is an increase by one since Saturday. The county shows 523 total COVID-19-positive cases. Of those positive cases, 256 patients have recovered and 27 have died. There have been 190 total people at congregate living facilities who have tested positive.

The county says there has been at least 2,484 negative tests locally and 3,007 total tests.

COVID-related deaths remain at 27, with the majority being 19 due to an outbreak at the Citadel of Salisbury, followed by seven at the N.C. State Veterans Home and one individual who died outside a congregate living facility.

On Sunday, eight people were hospitalized — a number that hasn’t changed since Friday.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reports outbreaks at congregate living facilities twice a week, which can lead to inconsistencies between the state and the local health department. The county agency provides numbers on Rowan County residents only and updates its data daily.

According to the state, there are a total of nine cases at Liberty Commons nursing home, a total of 27 at the N.C. State Veterans Home, 157 at the Citadel of Salisbury, two individuals at the Laurels of Salisbury. According to the state agency, these numbers include both residents and employees who tested positive but who do not live in Rowan County.

The state also reports 18,512 total positive cases out of 248,944 completed tests from 99 of the 100 counties in the state. The state says 659 have died and 493 are currently hospitalized.