CDC Issues Sweeping Guidelines to Prevent Community Spread

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The number of cases of COVID-19, or novel coronavirus, continue to climb across the Carolinas and United States Monday. 

State and federal officials are continually monitoring the spread of coronavirus. At WCNC Charlotte, we're focusing our news coverage of COVID-19 on the facts and not the fear around the virus. 

Key facts: 

Monday, March 16, 2020

There are now 28 cases in South Carolina and 33 in North Carolina. Seven of those North Carolina COVID-19 cases are in Mecklenburg County. Nationwide, there are over 3,700 cases of coronavirus and so far, 41 Americans have died from the virus. 

South Carolina says there have been 235 negative tests by DHEC's public lab. A total of 67 people have completed monitoring for symptoms and seven are currently being monitored. According to DHEC, private labs are required to report positive cases to the state. 

Schools in North Carolina and South Carolina will be closed for at least the next two weeks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended every event with more than 50 people present be canceled for the next eight weeks. This would include weddings, funerals, parties and more.

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