COVID-19 recoveries grow by more than two dozen; Wednesday drive-thru testing closed due to weather

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 17, 2020

By Natalie Anderson

SALISBURY — COVID-19 recoveries grew by 25 on Tuesday as cases and hospitalizations continue to rise in Rowan County.

A total of 929 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19, which is an increase of 17 from Monday. Of those, 357 are currently positive — a decrease of eight from Monday — while 532 have recovered.

A total of 4,879 tests have been conducted, which amounts to an additional 92 tests since Monday’s update.

On Tuesday, it was reported that four additional individuals have been hospitalized, bringing the total to 24. The county has seen 40 deaths, with 21 from the Citadel, 15 from the N.C. Veterans Home and four not associated with a congregate care facility. The average age among the deaths is 83.

A total of 218 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 at congregate care facilities.

County officials also reported that the drive-thru testing clinic planned for Wednesday at the Rowan County Public Health Department has been canceled due to impending inclement weather.

Statewide, a total of 45,853 cases have been confirmed after 651,421 completed tests. A total of 1,154 individuals have died and 829 are being hospitalized across the state.

The average age of positive individuals in Rowan County remains at 46.4. Additionally, the number of cases among children are now at 67. Individuals age 18-35 comprise the plurality of cases at 267. Those between 36-50 have surpassed elderly individuals, and now have 230 cases compared to 212 cases among individuals 65 and older. The 51-64 age group has 153 cases.

A total of 513 white individuals have tested positive, along with 145 black individuals, three Asian individuals, 259 Hispanic individuals, one Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander individual, 178 unknown and 88 classified as other.

A total of 447 females and 482 males have tested positive for COVID-19.

Zip code 28147 remains the area with the most cases, now at 386. It’s also where the Citadel, the largest local outbreak at a congregate living facility, is located. Zip code 28144 has 2203 cases and zip code 28146 has reached 100 cases.

Contact reporter Natalie Anderson at 704-797-4246.

About Natalie Anderson

Natalie Anderson covers the city of Salisbury, politics and more for the Salisbury Post. She joined the staff in January 2020 after graduating from Louisiana State University, where she was editor of The Reveille newspaper. Email her at or call her at 704-797-4246.

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