NC Dec. 1 COVID-19 update: Hospitalizations top 2K in NC for first time, 23 new deaths


RALEIGH, N.C. (WAVY/WNCN) – North Carolina’s COVID-19 hospitalizations once again set a new record high on Tuesday, surpassing 2,000 current patients for the first time.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said 2,033 patients are currently hospitalized with the virus – that tops the previous high of 1,966 set on Monday.

Statewide metrics

  • 2,883 new cases (367,395 total), trending up overall
  • 23 new deaths (5,261 total), steady overall
  • 67 new hospitalizations (2,033 total), at record levels and trending up
  • Test positivity rate: (10.2%), trending up

COVID-19 patients account for a rapidly growing share of the total number of people in hospitals, making up 13.5% of the total of 14,612 people hospitalized for any reason, according to a analysis of state Department of Health and Human Services data from Monday.

Just over 70% of the roughly 21,000 hospital beds in the state are occupied, according to DHHS data. 

The number of new lab-confirmed cases ticked up from Monday’s 2,734 to 2,883 on Tuesday, and the daily percent positive moved up to 10.2 percent from 9.5 percent on Tuesday.

Here are the latest coronavirus case counts from local counties:

  • Bertie 904 cases – 24 deaths (+4 cases)
  • Camden 188 cases – 4 deaths (+2 cases)
  • Chowan 644 cases – 18 deaths (+7 cases)
  • Currituck 332 cases – 5 deaths
  • Dare 654 cases — 4 deaths (+2 cases)
  • Gates 220 cases – 6 deaths
  • Hertford 993 cases – 41 deaths (+1 case)
  • Pasquotank 1,122 cases – 35 deaths (+18 cases)
  • Perquimans 352 cases – 4 deaths (+2 cases)

Gov. Roy Cooper and the Coronavirus Task Force held a briefing Tuesday afternoon, during which they discussed the state’s plans to receive and distribute an FDA approved COVID-19 vaccine in the coming weeks.

“Moderna and Pfizer both have produced vaccines with remarkable early results, better than health experts ever hoped for,” Cooper said.

He added that North Carolina is preparing to receive the Pfizer vaccine that requires ultra-cold storage, but said there is still a lot of work to do to get the vaccines from the manufacturer(s) to the health care providers and ultimately to everyone.

For more on coronavirus in North Carolina, click here.

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