Just before noon on Wednesday, March 25, Governor Roy Cooper announced that two people have died in NC from complications from coronavirus. One was 70 and one was 60.

A Cabarrus County resident with "several underlying medical conditions" was the first North Carolinian to die. The other person in his 60s was from Virginia and was traveling through North Carolina.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services recommends that people at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 stay at home to the extent possible to decrease the chance of infection.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated who is at high risk for severe illness. People at high risk include anyone who:

• is 65 years of age or older

• lives in a nursing home or long-term care facility

• has a high-risk condition that includes:

• chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma

• heart disease with complications

• compromised immune system

• severe obesity - body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher

• other underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as diabetes, renal failure or liver disease

In addition, pregnant women should be monitored closely since they are known to be at risk for severe viral illness.

North Carolina Poison Control has established a hotline, available 24/7 and staffed by nurses and pharmacists to answer questions about coronavirus, including symptoms, how to assess and reduce the risk of catching the virus and what to do if if coronavirus is suspected. Call 1-866-462-3821.