COVID-19 recoveries jump by more than 100

Published 8:00 pm Wednesday, June 17, 2020

By Carl Blankenship
carl.blankenship@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — Recoveries from COVID-19 in the county leapt by 119 between Tuesday and Wednesday.

The increase is the largest number of recoveries reported since the county began tracking the statistic. The number of current positives plummeted from 357 to 259 as a result.

At this point about two-thirds of cases are counted as recovered. However, many of those who have survived the disease have been recovered for weeks or months.

Total cases on Wednesday increased from 929 to 950, marking yet another double-digit increase. A total of 81 patients have been hospitalized and 25 are currently hospitalized.. The number of deaths remained the same at 40. The average age of someone who tests positive is currently 46.1. There have been 5,101 tests given.

The average age of death remains at 83 and all but four deaths have been in congregate living facilities. There have been 219 positive tests at congregate living facilities.

Total cases have continued to rise in June at an increasing rate. Salisbury has the largest number of cases at 446, with the county at large reporting an additional 356. Kannapolis has 62 cases in Rowan County.

By race, 54.11% of cases are white, 20.53%  are unknown, 15.58% are black, 9.26% in people classified as other and less than 1% of cases are Asian and native Americans.

More than half the positive cases have occured in people 50 and under. The largest single demographic is 18-35 with 278 cases followed by 233 in ages 36-50

Men are more affected than women by COVID-19, with 51.89% of cases reported.

The state on Wednesday had completed 667,422 tests with 46,855 confirmed positives and 846 patients currently hospitalized. There have been 1,168 deaths in the state.

About Carl Blankenship

Carl Blankenship has covered education for the Post since December 2019. Before coming to Salisbury he was a staff writer for The Avery Journal-Times in Newland and graduated from Appalachian State University in 2017, where he was editor of The Appalachian.

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