For the fourth day in a row, North Carolina has reported more than 2,000 new coronavirus cases.
On Sunday, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported 2,303 new cases. The increase in cases followed one day where there was a slight drop in cases but before that, there were two days where North Carolina shattered its record for the highest single-increase of COVID-19 cases. On Friday, the state reported 2,684 cases.
The state also reported a high number of completed tests Sunday, with 31,301 more tests completed.
The percentage of positive tests decreased slightly to 6.1%, still above the state’s goal of 5% or lower.
Currently, 1,129 people are hospitalized in North Carolina with COVID-19, with 94% of hospitals reporting. This marks the twelfth straight day that hospitalizations have remained over 1,000 and the seventh straight day that hospitalizations have remained over 1,100.
While the state still has 5,433 available in-patient beds and 533 available ICU beds, NCDHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen said on last Thursday that rural hospitals are feeling the strain of rising infections.
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New cases vary day by day based on a lot of factors. That can include how long it takes to get results back, so a new case reported today can really be several days old.
The other big metric we watch is the percent of positive cases. This is data we can only get from the state because it’s not as simple as factoring a percent of new cases each day from the number of tests. That’s because test results take days and come from a variety of places.
As of Saturday afternoon, there were 31,668 cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) with 374 deaths due to COVID-19 reported among Mecklenburg County residents.
Highlights about the 30,784 COVID-19 cases reported in Mecklenburg County as of October 14, 2020 include:
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