RALEIGH, N.C. (WSPA) – The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced 13 additional COVID-19 cases Wednesday, bringing the total for the state to 63.
NCDHHS said 1,850 tests have been completed in North Carolina.
A total of 75 people have died from COVID-19 in the United States, according to NCDHHS.
According to NCDHHS, the cases are in the following counties:
- Wake Co. – 17
- Durham Co. – 12
- Mecklenburg Co. – 11
- Harnett Co. – 4
- Chatham Co. – 3
- Forsyth Co. – 2
- Johnston Co. – 2
- Brunswick Co. – 1
- Cabarrus Co. – 1
- Craven Co. – 1
- Guilford Co. – 1
- Iredell Co. – 1
- Lincoln Co. – 1
- Onslow Co. – 1
- Sampson Co. – 1
- Watauga Co. – 1
- Wayne Co. – 1
- Wilson Co. – 1
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the following symptoms could show up 2-14 days after exposure:
- Shortness of breath
The CDC said older people and those who have serious chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease, are at higher risk of getting the virus.
According to the CDC’s website, those who are considered “high risk” should:
- Stock up on supplies – Contact your healthcare provider to ask about what medications you will need. Make sure to have enough household items and groceries on hand in case you need to stay home for a period of time.
- Keep a distance or space between yourself and others
- Avoid crowds
- Stay home
- Create a plan for if you get sick
“So we’re also hoping that people think about your neighbors. Think about your social networks for those people who are in those high risk groups. What can you do to support those people?” said State Health Director Dr. Betsey Tilson. “Can you get groceries for them, can you run to the store for them?”
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus, according to the CDC. The virus is spread mainly from person-to-person. It can be spread by close contact, within about six feet with one another, and through respiration droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
The CDC said people need to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds, use hand sanitizer, avoid touching their face and try to stay six feet away from people. People should sneeze or cough into their elbows or tissues and stay home if they are not feeling well.
The North Carolina Attorney General is warning people to be vigilant of fraud and scams related to the coronavirus.
“We also have to prevent fraud and scams because whenever a crisis like this occurs there are bad people who will try to exploit people’s fears, desperations, their uncertainty to steal money,” said NC Attorney General Josh Stein.
Stein also warned against people selling cures for the virus.
“There isn’t a cure, there isn’t a vaccine,” said Stein. “Science is working hard to develop both of those things but they do not exist so if someone is promising you that they are trying to steal your money.”