NC COVID-19 April 20 update: Hospital numbers approach 1,200, at highest level since early March

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Phlebotomist lab assistant Jennifer Cukati, right, and Registered Nurse Carina Klescewski, left, care for a COVID-19 patient inside the Sutter Roseville Medical Center ICU in Roseville, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. The patient came in the night before “code blue” and COVID-19 positive. His heart stopped and he had to be intubated, and is on a respirator. The state has recorded a half-million coronavirus cases in the last two weeks, and Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday that a projection model shows California could be facing nearly 100,000 hospitalizations within a month. (Renee C. Byer/The Sacramento Bee via AP, Pool)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN/WAVY) — The latest COVID-19 data from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services contains some concerning numbers.

The most concerning number is 1,170 – the number of total COVID-19 patients in North Carolina hospitals. The nearly 1,200 patients highlight a continued rise in the state’s hospital numbers.

North Carolina has added nearly 100 hospitalized patients over the past two days and the 1,170 total patients mark the most since March 6. Hospital numbers in the state have climbed in eight of the past nine days and are up almost 25 percent from the low of 945 just nine days ago.

North Carolina’s count of new cases has dropped for the fourth straight day with the 1,200 cases coming in Tuesday marking the fewest in two weeks. North Carolina’s seven-day average is starting to tick down slightly, although it remained above 2,000 for the sixth consecutive day.

The state surpassed 950,000 total cases today. At the pace North Carolina is on, we’re less than one month away from hitting the 1 million mark.

The percent positive of 7.4 percent, based on testing from Sunday, is the highest it’s been in more than a week – since it was 8.5 percent a week ago, based on testing from April 11.

NCDHHS is reporting another 19 deaths, which brings the total to 12,437.

Here are the latest coronavirus case counts from local counties:

  • Gates: 722 cases – 12 deaths
  • Bertie: 1,727 cases – 43 deaths
  • Camden: 639 cases – 5 deaths
  • Chowan: 1,426 cases – 22 deaths
  • Currituck: 1,496 cases –15 deaths
  • Dare: 2,054 cases – 9 deaths
  • Hertford: 2,052 cases – 63 deaths
  • Pasquotank: 3,249 cases – 80 deaths
  • Perquimans: 972 cases – 9 deaths

To view the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services dashboard, click here.

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