Dr. Mandy K. Cohen, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), announced Friday that 43% of people diagnosed with Covid-19 are ages 25-49.
So far, 29% are age 50-64 and 20% are age 65 and up, Cohen said.
While Covid-19 has been more deadly and severe for people older than 60 and those with underlying health, health officials and leaders around the country have been imploring younger people to practice social distancing.
“We're entering the first weekend of my order to stay at home. I need you to do just that. I know it's tempting to get away from all this and gather with friends and extended family, especially when Friday means the end of the week. Don't,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Friday. “This virus is still spreading quickly. No one is immune. There is no vaccination, and social distancing is our best protection… Lots of Tar Heel blue skies are in our forecast. I know it's hard, but stay at home anyway. We're in a crucial time period for flattening the curve. And we still need you to step up.”
By the numbers: NCDHHS reports 2,093 cases of Covid-19 in the state with 19 deaths. This up from 764 cases a week ago, according to Cohen.
There are 259 people in the hospital, the NCDHHS reports.