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North Carolina now has over 1,000 cases of COVID-19: Coronavirus updates Saturday, March 28

There are now 1,062 cases of coronavirus in North Carolina and 660 in South Carolina. There are 299 cases of COVID-19 in Mecklenburg County.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 28

Caldwell County announces fourth case of COVID-19

A fourth Cleveland County resident has tested positive for COVID-19. The person works in a nearby county experiencing widespread community transmission, which could be how the virus was contracted. 

“This individual experienced mild symptoms for over two weeks before being tested for COVID-19,” Interim Cleveland County Health Director Deshay Oliver said. “This emphasizes the importance of staying home and isolating when you are sick, even if symptoms are mild."

UNCC contract worker tests positive for COVID-19

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte was notified that an evening contract worker assigned to UNC Charlotte Center City tested positive for COVID-19.

At the time of possible exposure, UNCC classes had already transitioned to online. UNCC says they were advised the threat to staff is low. Any employees that may have been in contact with the individual will be notified.

The individual is in isolation and receiving medical care.

South Carolina DHEC announces two additional deaths related to COVID-19

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced two additional deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide total number of deaths to 15.

Both were elderly individuals who had underlying health conditions. One was a resident of Richland County, one of Horry County.

DHEC is also reporting 121 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 660 cases in 40 counties.

"This high number of cases is due to reporting cases from a backlog that had developed at DHEC’s Public Health Laboratory due to a nationwide shortage in the chemicals required for performing testing," DHEC said in a statement.

Here's a breakdown of new cases by county:

  • Aiken County: 1 case
  • Anderson County: 4 cases
  • Beaufort County: 4 cases
  • Berkeley County: 3 cases
  • Charleston County: 16 cases
  • Chester County: 1 case
  • Clarendon County: 1 case
  • Colleton County: 2 cases
  • Dorchester County: 1 case
  • Florence County: 1 case
  • Georgetown County: 3 cases
  • Greenville County: 6 cases
  • Greenwood County: 1 case
  • Horry County: 4 cases
  • Kershaw County: 7 cases
  • Lancaster County: 1 case
  • Laurens County: 2 cases
  • Lee County: 3 cases
  • Lexington County: 5 cases
  • Newberry County: 1 case
  • Orangeburg County: 2 cases
  • Pickens County: 3 cases
  • Richland County: 16 cases
  • Spartanburg County: 5 cases
  • Sumter County: 14 cases
  • Williamsburg County: 1 case
  • York County: 13 cases

President Donald Trump delivers remarks from the Naval Station in Norfolk, Virginia

President Donald Trump sent off a naval hospital ship Saturday to New York City, as he aims to highlight the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The USNS Comfort, a 1,000-bed hospital ship, had been undergoing planned maintenance but was rushed back into service to aid the city which is now the epicenter of the nation's outbreak. It is scheduled to arrive Monday at a Manhattan pier a week after its sister ship, the USNS Mercy arrived in Los Angeles to perform similar duty on the West Coast.

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Burke County officials report a third positive coronavirus case in their county

Burke County said the third reported case isolated. The individual who tested positive acquired the virus from traveling, therefore it is not a community spread case. That makes three positive cases of Burke County residents, the other case was reported in their home county of Mecklenburg.

Two new COVID-19 cases identified in Catawba County

Catawba County officials reported two new cases of the coronavirus in their county, bringing the current total case count to 12 in Catawba.

There have been 483 people tested for COVID-19 in Catawba County and 171 negative results have been received. T

There have been no deaths associated with COVID-19 reported in Catawba County.

DHEC now shows South Carolina coronavirus cases by zip code

In addition to showing South Carolina coronavirus cases by county and map, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is now showing the number of positive cases by zip code on its website.

To find the number of positive COVID-19 cases by zip code, click here. DHEC says the information is updated daily and shows results for the previous 14 days. 

RELATED: SC Governor says statewide stay-at-home order not needed now

Rowan County coronavirus patient dies

A fourth person has died of the COVID-19 coronavirus in North Carolina.

The Rowan County Health Department has confirmed that a patient who tested positive for COVID-19 has died. The patient was in the high-risk category due to age and underlying medical conditions. They were a resident of Rowan County

Rowan County Health Director Nina Oliver has reported that 312 tests have been submitted to The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. This number includes 298 negative and 14 positive results. These results are from the NC State Laboratory of Public Health and all reporting hospital and commercial labs.