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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina's governor has reported the state's first two deaths from coronavirus.

Gov. Roy Cooper issued a statement Wednesday saying that a person from Cabarrus County died Tuesday and another person from Virginia who was traveling through the state also died from COVID-19 complications.

Also Wednesday, the state said that positive cases of the virus had reached over 500 statewide. A number of cities and counties are issuing stay-at-home orders, including Mecklenburg County and the city of Durham.

North Carolina hasn't issued a statewide sheltering order but has gradually reduced allowable gathering sizes and ordered some nonessential businesses to close.

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