Fewer than 900 new COVID-19 cases reported in NC, percent positive creeps up to 7.1%

Fewer than 900 new COVID-19 cases reported in NC, percent positive creeps up to 7.1%

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported 897 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, the second day in a row that the state reported an increase of fewer than 1,000 cases.

However, the low number of new cases was met with a spike in COVID-19 deaths -- 49 reported Tuesday, the second-highest single-day increase since March.

The NCDHHS reported 11,350 completed tests, an increase from Tuesday’s one-month low. As of Monday, 7.1% of those completed tests were positive.

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The agency also confirmed that its technical issues related to hospital data had been resolved. Currently, 916 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, with 86% of hospitals reporting.

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Note: The numbers we show you every day mean everything in how our community recovers from coronavirus -- both in terms of healthcare and the economy -- but they don’t mean much without the proper context and as much transparency as possible.

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.

Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday nearly $40 million in funding to help solve internet connectivity issues keeping some students from being able to effectively participate in remote learning.

The announcement came as most schools in North Carolina are requiring at least some remote learning, if not exclusive remote learning, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Superintendents said at least 100,000 North Carolina students lacked reliable internet at home.

Cooper announced a partnership with NC Student Connect on Wednesday, which included the following allocation of funds:

  • $30 million to distribute 100,000 wireless high-speed hot spots to students.
  • $8 million to create accessible sites in convenient locations (called NC Student Connect sites) across the state where students can connect and download lessons.
  • $2 million for training for teachers, parents and students to improve remote learning.