N.C. COVID-19 update: 1,107 more cases reported since Friday; Highest one-day increase yet

NC COVID-19 Update
COVID-19 update for North Carolina, May 23, 2020 (Image credit: bing/WLOS Staff)

(WLOS) – As of Saturday, May 23, 2020, North Carolina health officials say there have been a total of 22,725 lab-confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the state, that's up 1,107 from 21,618 on Friday, making it the highest one-day increase of positive cases so far. Additionally, the state reports 737 virus-related deaths, a total of 329,582 completed tests, and 589 hospitalized patients.

“This is a notable and concerning increase," said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen in Saturday's press release. "As we head into a holiday weekend, please practice the three Ws – wear a face covering, wait six feet apart, and wash your hands frequently. When it comes to our health, we need to work together to protect our families, friends and neighbors."

Additionally, the state reports 10% of total tests were positive among labs that report both negative and positive tests into the state electronic reporting system.

NCDHHS epidemiologists are analyzing the data to determine if there were any significant contributing factors.

State health officials said Monday there are 11,637 presumed recoveries in the state. Recoveries are updated on a weekly basis.

Find more data about COVID-19 on the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services' website.


COVID-19 in Western North Carolina: (As of May 23)

  • Avery County: 2 cases
  • Buncombe County: 224 cases, 34 reported recoveries, 8 deaths (Numbers reported by the county, NCDHHS reported 251 cases on May 23)
  • Cherokee County: 30 cases, 1 death (As of May 18, 26 people have been released from quarantine. New cases reported by county, not reflected on NCDHHS website) (As of April 20, the county reports 17 cases are county residents and 2 cases are out-of-state individuals. The out-of-state cases will be identified in their home states, not in North Carolina)
  • Clay County: 8 cases (As of May 11, the county reported 7 had recovered so far.)
  • Graham County: 2 cases
  • Haywood County: 41 cases (As of May 22, the county reports 23 cases have recovered.) (New cases reported by county, not reflected on NCDHHS website)
  • Henderson County: 312 cases, 42 deaths (As of May 13, 211 cases were affiliated with long-term care)
  • Jackson County: 25 cases in full-time residents, 2 cases in part-time residents, 1 death (Numbers reported by county, not reflected on NCDHHS website)
  • Macon County: 8 cases, 1 death (2 recoveries reported as of May 22)
  • Madison County: 3 cases (As of May 22, the county says earlier reports of 4 cases was inaccurate, number is still at 2 confirmed cases)
  • McDowell County: 37 cases, 1 death, 738 tested, 94 pending results. (As of May 20, the county reports 28 are out of quarantine.)
  • Mitchell County: 8 cases (including 1 recovery)
  • Polk County: 35 cases, 4 deaths (As of May 22, the county reports 26 people are out of quarantine.) (New cases reported by county, not reflected on NCDHHS website.)
  • Rutherford County: 161 total cases, 19 active cases, 7 deaths (As of May 20, the county reports 133 are out of quarantine.) (Numbers reported by county, not reflected on NCDHHS website)
  • Swain County: 10 cases
  • Transylvania County: 12 cases, 420 tests completed, 17 pending results (Cases reported by county, not reflected on NCDHHS website)
  • Yancey County: 10 cases