Health officials report second-highest number of new cases in North Carolina; Cooper holds briefing

North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN/WAVY) – The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported 2,859 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 which marks the second-highest daily increase since the pandemic started.

During the Thursday briefing, Governor Roy Cooper said that while cases are high, the state is not seeing a huge spike or hospital overload as of yet.

“Right now, we need to get these numbers down. We know how – the 3 Ws. These tools worked over the summer to lower our numbers. They can work again now if we’re vigilant this fall and winter,” Cooper said.

“As long as you’re with family or friends who you don’t live with, it’s important to wear a mask. Masks shouldn’t just be for the grocery store or the office. It’s a simple, low-cost, and effective precaution we should take to protect others in case we have COVID and don’t know it,” he continued.

As for the daily numbers, the record of 2,885 was set last Thursday. The state is looking at about five days of record-breaking case numbers that have all occurred in the past two weeks.

NCDHHS cases by date reported March 1, 2020 to Nov. 5, 2020

Despite that, North Carolina’s seven-day rolling average dropped ever-so-slightly from its record high Wednesday to 2,377.

Another 41 deaths were reported on Thursday, making it three straight days with at least 40 deaths.

North Carolina’s seven-day rolling average in daily deaths reported climbed again to a record level — the state is averaging 38 a day over the past week.

Percent positive is down almost a percentage point to 6.6 percent but highter than the state’s goal of 5 percent.

Hospitalizations have increased for the fourth straight day and are at their highest level in a week, with 1,193 people in hospitals across the state.

Here are the totals as of Thursday:

  • Total cases: 285,661
  • Completed tests: 4,214,454
  • Currently hospitalized: 1,193
  • Deaths: 4,548
  • Presumed recovered: 246,318

Here’s the local breakdown of cases and deaths:

  • Gates 172 – 3 deaths
  • Dare 414 – 3 deaths
  • Currituck 238 – 4 deaths
  • Pasquotank 916 – 35 deaths
  • Perquimans 266 – 4 deaths
  • Bertie 744 – 21 deaths
  • Camden 144 – 3 deaths
  • Hertford 878 — 35 deaths
  • Chowan 546 – 15 deaths

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