Virus hospitalizations in North Carolina creep closer to 4,000

Virus hospitalizations in North Carolina creep closer to 4,000
(Jae C. Hong)

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported 6,851 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state also rose to 3,940, the second-highest total of the pandemic, lower only to Jan. 6 when 3,964 were in the hospital.

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The percent positive testing rate increased to 14.7%, up from Monday’s 13.9% and consistent with the rise in cases across the country.

There have been more than 635,000 total cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina since the start of the pandemic.

An additional 60 deaths were reported on Tuesday, bringing the total since last March to 7,638.

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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.


As of Tuesday morning, there were 72,780 cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) with 652 deaths due to COVID-19 reported among Mecklenburg County residents.

Highlights about the 71,775 COVID-19 cases reported in Mecklenburg County as of January 10, 2021 include:

  • About 3 in 4 reported cases were adults ages 20 to 59 years old.
  • About 1 in 20 reported cases were hospitalized due to their COVID-19 infection. While everyone is at risk for severe COVID-19 complications, reported cases who were older adults (≥ 60 years) were more likely to be hospitalized compared to younger individuals.
  • About 8 out of 10 have met CDC criteria to be released from isolation.
  • During the past week, an average of 900 laboratory-confirmed infections per day were reported compared to the 14-day average of 831 confirmed infections. This represents an increase over the last 14 days. These data are based on Mecklenburg resident cases reported to MCPH.
  • During the past week, an average of 521 individuals with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infections were hospitalized at acute care facilities in Mecklenburg County. This represents an increase over the last 14 days. These data are based on daily census counts from acute care facilities in Mecklenburg County reporting to MCPH.
  • During the past week, an average of 15.5 percent of individuals who were tested in Mecklenburg County were positive for COVID-19. This represents a fairly stable trend over the last 14 days. These data only include ELRs for molecular (PCR) tests submitted to NC DHHS for laboratories electronically submitting negative and positive COVID-19 results.
  • Six hundred-forty deaths due to COVID-19 occurred among reported cases.
  • Almost all deaths were among older adults (≥ 60 years), 10 deaths occurred in adults ages 20 to 39 and 79 deaths were adults ages 40 to 59.
  • All deaths, except sixteen, occurred among adults with underlying chronic illnesses.
  • Almost half were non-Hispanic Whites. The disparity in COVID-19 deaths among non-Hispanic Whites is related to differences in race/ethnicity of residents of long-term care (LTC) facilities actively experiencing an outbreak.
  • Nearly half of deaths were connected to active outbreaks at long-term care (LTC) facilities.
  • Among deaths not connected to outbreaks at long-term care facilities, nearly 3 in 4 were non-White, with 40 percent being non-Hispanic Black. As previously noted, these disparities are largely driven by higher rates of underlying chronic conditions that increase risk of severe complications due to COVID-19 infection among these communities.
  • Based on publicly available mobility tracking data, social distancing represents a fairly stable trend in Mecklenburg County over the last 14 days.
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