NC August 16 COVID-19 update: State health officials report 1,200+ new cases, 91 fewer hospitalizations


A man reacts as a medical staffer tests shoppers who volunteered at a pop-up community COVID-19 testing station at a supermarket in Christchurch, New Zealand in April. New Zealand has eradicated the coronavirus from its shores after health officials reported on Monday that the final person known to have contracted an infection had recovered. (AP Photo/Mark Baker,File)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services officials reported more than 1,200 new COVID-19 cases and four additional deaths.

A total of 1,246 cases were reported Sunday, bringing the state’s total to 144,952 laboratory-confirmed cases. Officials say 2,347 people have died from the virus. It’s the fourth time in seven days there have been fewer than 1,300 new cases. In the 20 days before that streak started, there were 1,300 or more cases on 19 of those days. 

The additional deaths are down significantly from Saturday’s count of 30, tying the smallest single-day total since July 5.

The state is also reporting 934 hospitalizations, down 91 from Saturday’s count of 1,025. For the first time since July 8, there are fewer than 1,000 people reported in hospitals. 

The percent of positive cases was up to seven percent — DHHS revised yesterday’s measurement down to six percent, making yesterday the seventh straight day it was at six percent. 

Here are the latest numbers in local counties:

  • Gates 55 cases — 2 deaths
  • Dare 212 cases — 2 deaths
  • Currituck 83 cases — 0 deaths
  • Pasquotank 447 cases  — 20 deaths
  • Perquimans 93 cases — 2 deaths
  • Bertie 317 cases — 5 deaths
  • Hertford 401 cases — 11 deaths
  • Chowan 166 cases — 2 death
  • Camden 76 cases — 2 deaths

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