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Richmond County's COVID-19 total surpasses 400; recoveries rise

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ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County has surpassed 400 positive cases of COVID-19, but still has fewer than several other neighboring counties.

The Richmond County Health Department announced on Monday that 405 residents have tested positive for the coronavirus since early April.

The county reported five new cases on Monday, four each on Friday and Saturday, and eight on Thursday, making 21 cases within the past five days. The Health Department does not release numbers on Sundays.

According to the Health Department, 2,902 results have been negative since testing began.

Of the county’s total, 120 are currently active, with 118 under home isolation and only two individuals admitted to a hospital.

Stanly County, which until June 22 had fewer cases than Richmond, has now surpassed Richmond by more than 250. 

The Stanly County Health Department reported 685 total cases, but only 90 are active.

North Carolina set yet a new one-day record high on July 18 with 2,481, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. The previous highest day was July 11 with 2,462.

However, on Monday, the state reported the lowest number of new cases (1,268) during the month of July. The last day new cases totaled fewer than 1,300 was June 30.

Out of the 1,423,888 tests performed statewide, 101,046 — or around 7% — have been positive.

The statewide number of hospitalizations has also dropped, from a new record high of 1,180 on July 17 to 1,086, the lowest since July 13.

Since the RO last reported statistics on July 15, the county has also seen 17 new recoveries, rising to a total of 278. DHHS estimated that 78,707 North Carolinans have recovered from COVID-19

The state’s death rate attributed to the coronavirus continues a downward trend. The toll now stands at 1,642, seven of which have been in Richmond County.


The number of local cases per age group are as follows:

  • 0-18 - 51
  • 19-30 - 69
  • 31-40 - 63
  • 41-50 - 75
  • 50-64 - 97
  • 65-older - 50

The number of cases per ZIP code are as follows:

  • Rockingham - 239 (156 recovered)
  • Hamlet - 109 (79 recovered)
  • Ellerbe - 37 (27 recovered)
  • Hoffman - 19 (15 recovered)
  • Mount Gilead - 1 - recovered

DHHS reports that more than  ¼ of the state’s 100 counties that have now experienced more than 1,000 total cases, with Buncombe, Henderson, Granville and Pitt counties joining Orange and Wilson Burke, Catawba, Iredell, Chatham, Davidson, Mecklenburg, Gaston, Union, Rowan, Cabarrus, Randolph, Forsyth, Guilford, Alamance, Orange, Durham, Wake, Johnston, Wayne, Pitt, Duplin, Sampson, New Hanover, Cumberland and Robeson counties.

Lee County had exactly 1,000 on Monday, according to DHHS.

Graham County, in the mountains, bordering Tennessee, still has had only 10 positive cases, the fewest in the state, according to DHHS. The only other county in that region with fewer than 30 is Maidson (24).

Gates and Hyde counties, with 32 and 33 cases, respectively, have the fewest in the eastern part of the state. No other coastal counties have fewer than 40 cases.

The total numbers (including recoveries) for surrounding counties are as follows:

  • Mecklenburg -17,571 (the only county to top 10,000)
  • Union - 2,215
  • Montgomery - 456
  • Anson - 267
  • Moore - 705 (92 active)
  • Hoke - 547
  • Scotland - 194
  • Robeson - 1,957

All numbers except Moore are from DHHS, which is from the local health department, as there has been a discrepancy with the state showing fewer cases. However, on Monday, DHHS reported 11 more cases than the county.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, which last updated its numbers on July 14, is reporting 532 cases in Chesterfield County and 361 in Marlboro County.