A day after Gov. Roy Cooper issued a new executive order tightening the mask mandate ahead of Thanksgiving, North Carolina reported more than 1,700 people are currently in the hospital with COVID-19.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported Tuesday that a total of 1,724 patients are currently hospitalized due to the virus – the highest the state has seen since the pandemic began in March.
On Monday, North Carolina reported more than 1,600 patients for the first time. The number has steadily increased nearly every day for the past two weeks.
The state also reported 3,100 new cases of COVID-19 and 35 more deaths.
North Carolina’s latest percent positive rate was at 6.5%.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control on Tuesday announced 1,374 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state as well as 23 more deaths.
The state’s percent positive rate has climbed to 13.2%.
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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.
Late Tuesday morning, Mecklenburg County released updated information about the spread of the virus in Charlotte.
Cases are up and according to the data, hospitalizations are also rising.
On Monday, more than 180 people were in local hospitals for COVID-19. Currently, an average of 7.8% of people tested in Mecklenburg County are positive -- a slight increase over the past two weeks.
As of Tuesday morning, there were 41,378 cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) with 436 deaths due to COVID-19 reported among Mecklenburg County residents.
Highlights about the 40,890 COVID-19 cases reported in Mecklenburg County as of Nov. 22, 2020 include:
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