The Carteret County Health Department announced in a news release Wednesday afternoon that two new cases of COVID-19 had been found in the county.
That brings the total case count to 14 residents and 1 visitor. Nine of the 14 residents have recovered and completed isolation. The visitor, a man from Virginia, passed away at Carteret Health Care over the weekend. The state does not count COVID-19 cases of non-North Carolina residents, even if the disease was detected in-state.
Due to the NC Dept. of Health and Human service’s recent guidance to not test people with mild symptoms, the number of local cases is not representative of the number of people in the county who have or have had COVID-19, the release said.
“While the Carteret County Health Department is reporting every confirmed case they receive from the State Lab and local medical providers, please be aware that these counts only reflect those cases of COVID-19 specimens that are tested. So the count above does not represent the total number of people in Carteret County who may have or had COVID-19.”
Of those confirmed cases, about half were found in people under the age of 50. The age group 50-65 had the most of any group at 36 percent of all 14 confirmed cases.
So far, more women than men have been affected, but that’s most likely a result of the small data set. There is no data showing the new coronavirus affects women more than men.
The health department stated that age and gender data had not been released until now because the department didn’t have clearance from the state to do so.