TRACKING COVID 19 CASES AND FATALITIES IN NC: NC DHHS reported 2,093 confirmed cases of COVID-19, up from 1,857 on Thursday. Of those, 259 people are hospitalized. The state’s official death toll continued to rise as Henderson County south of Asheville reported its first death: an elderly patient at Pardee Hospital. Other counties also reported deaths on Friday. Johnston County reported its second death, an elderly person with underlying medical conditions, a county release said. Gaston and Mecklenburg also each had one and Guilford reported two. Wilson County reported a death on Friday, a woman in her early 60s with underlying health problems. Davie County also reported a death, its second. The state has now tested 31,598 people. Wake County’s total cases rose to 279 Friday. Durham County had 172. Starting Saturday, Durham’s city and county stay-home orders will be combined and strengthened, with crowd sizes reduced to no more than five people.