is supplying this story free of charge to readers because of the requirement for details about the coronavirus. We motivate you to more support local journalism by subscribing. Schools will be closed. Retailers are tightening their opening hours. However testing capacity is increasing, and a regional center is hosting a drive-thru clinic with COVID-19 tests available this afternoon.
All that took place in nearly a day, as coronavirus news moves quickly.
Since 11 a.m. March 15, the state is reporting 32 recognized cases of COVID-19. Wake County has the most, with 14. Buncombe County, along with all other counties west of Watauga, have reported no known cases. Watauga now
has one case. On March 14, Gov. Roy Cooper banned mass public events and purchased K-12 public schools closed for at least 2 weeks.