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Memorial Day weekend brings six new COVID-19 cases

Rowan County added several cases to the COVID-19 outbreak here during Memorial Day weekend.

From Friday to Monday, there were six new cases of COVID-19 reported here. Though, the total only rose by five — from 597 to 602 — because one person was removed from the total after it was discovered he or she wasn’t a Rowan County resident.

With 51 total tests conducted Saturday, Sunday and Monday, little else changed about the local outbreak. Recoveries stayed at 318. The number of people hospitalized was 10 throughout Memorial Day weekend. The death count attributed to COVID-19 has been 27 since May 15, with all but one of those deaths occurring in nursing homes and a majority of them at the Citadel on Julian Road.

There are currently 257 active COVID-19 cases in the county.

North Carolina’s case count was 23,964 on Monday, with positives reported in all 100 counties, after 344,690 tests have been conducted. There were 627 people hospitalized Monday and 754 recorded deaths.

The average age of those testing positive for COVID-19 is 51.4, while 66 is the average age of hospitalized patients and 83 is the average age of those who have died.

In other COVID-19 statistics:

• Of the positive cases, 360 individuals are white, 125 are black or African American, three are Asian, one is American Indian/Alaskan Native, 134 are Hispanic, 82 are unknown and 31 are other.
• Females still make up the majority of positive cases, at 311, while males represent 291 positive cases.
• Zip code 28147, which is where the Citadel nursing home is located, remains the area of the county with the most positive cases, at 260. Next is 28144, a Salisbury zip code, with 166 cases. Zip code 28146, which includes part of Salisbury and a large swath of eastern Rowan, currently has 65 positive cases.

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