Reports COVID-19 Patients Presumed to be Recovered will be updated every Monday by 4 p.m. The estimated number of patients presumed to be recovered from symptoms from COVID-19 is used in combination with other measures to provide a general sense of how many people with COVID-19 have likely recovered from symptoms. Risk Factors for Severe Illness from COVID-19 Beginning Jan. 26, 2021, NCDHHS will no longer provide updated information about risk factors for severe illness in reported COVID-19 cases and deaths. This information is obtained through case investigations and is often not available at this point in the pandemic due to widespread community transmission and redeployment of public health resources to support vaccination efforts. COVID-19 Cases in Rural Counties This report was published on Nov. 12, 2020. As community spread of COVID-19 continues in North Carolina, newly reported cases are increasingly being identified in rural counties. NCDHHS used The Rural Center’s definition of rural, suburban, and urban counties.