NC reports 4,514 new COVID-19 cases, the highest daily increase in the state

NC reports 4,514 new COVID-19 cases, the highest daily increase in the state

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported 4,514 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, the sixth day in a row the state has reported more than 3,000 cases.

This shatters the 4,296 case record the state set Thursday.

According to health officials, 5,034 people have died in North Carolina due to the virus since March.

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In the latest data, North Carolina has reported a total of 4,929,602 completed tests since the start of the pandemic. As of Friday, 7.1% of tests were positive. Though the percentage of positive tests was stabilizing around 7% for the second half of October, it has increased sharply to hover around 8% for the first half of November.

Currently, 1,571 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, a number that decreased from Saturday’s record of 1,590 people hospitalized.

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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.