North Carolina now has more coronavirus deaths in one month than flu deaths for the whole flu season.
The state currently has 179 coronavirus deaths, compared to 167 flu deaths, according to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen.
Cohen said the state has been keeping the flu tally since September of last year. The state had its first coronavirus death in March.
She said the state has been effective at slowing the virus but that it is too early to tell when it will be safe to re-open the state. Cohen said North Carolina must increase its testing capacity before discussing reopening.