New daily COVID cases in NC top 4,000 for first time since February

RALEIGH, N.C. — The number of new daily COVID-19 cases in North Carolina jumped to 4,331 on Thursday -- the highest number of new daily cases since February.

The percent of positive tests fell slightly from Wednesday to 10.4%, but that’s still well above the goal of less than 5%.

1,651 people across the state are hospitalized with COVID-19. That is also the highest number of patients hospitalized in recent months.

According to NCDHHS, 246 confirmed COVID-19 patients were admitted to North Carolina hospitals in the past 24 hours.

As of Thursday, 58% of North Carolinians were fully vaccinated.

In all but four of North Carolina’s 100 counties, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people wear masks in indoor public settings, even if they’re already vaccinated, due to substantial or high transmission rates.

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