NC sees record number of COVID-19 hospitalizations for third straight day

NC sees record number of COVID-19 hospitalizations for third straight day
FILE PHOTO: Amid global concerns about the coronavirus, a Florida woman in Sanford said she’s worried she’s one of more than 85,000 people who have gotten sick. (Kena Betancur/Getty Images) (Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday reported another record number of COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state with 1,811.

Tuesday’s hospitalizations were also a new record, as were Monday’s.

247 new patients with confirmed cases of COVID-19 were admitted to hospitals in the past 24 hours. The state said 306 people with suspected cases were also admitted.

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More than 4,000 new cases in the state were also reported Wednesday, marking only the third time North Carolinas has hit that number in a single day since the start of the pandemic.

A total of 4,212 new cases were reported on Wednesday and the percent positive rate was currently at 7.3%.

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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.