NC COVID-19 Feb. 18 update: Hospitalizations dip below 1,900 for 1st time in nearly 3 months, Cooper holds Thursday briefing

North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (WAVY/WNCN) – Gov. Roy Cooper, members of the Coronavirus Task Force, and Emergency Management held a briefing on inclement weather COVID-19 and Thursday as numbers continue to trend in a positive direction.

“We are encouraged to see our COVID-19 numbers declining and remaining stable. For the first time since late November, the number of people hospitalized in North Carolina due to the virus has dropped under 2,000,” Cooper said.

Cooper also said that last week, 23% of allotted first doses were administered to Black North Carolinians. This is up from just 13% five weeks ago.

Additionally, due to severe weather across the country, the CDC notified states across the country, including N.C., that some vaccine shipments are delayed.

Cooper also said that as of Thursday, 91 of the 115 school districts have returned to in-person learning. By mid-March, 95% of school districts plan to provide in-person instruction. This’ll serve 96% of the state’s students.

“We know in-person learning can be held safely with proper health measures. I’m joining state education leaders to encourage districts to take this step. However, it is critical that parents and teachers have confidence that their health and safety will remain a priority.”

As for the weather, Cooper says that crews have been out preparing and North Carolinians should stay off the roads if possible.

As for the numbers, the trend in a positive direction is continuing with hospitalizations dropping below 1,900 for the first time in three months.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported 1,892 hospitalizations Thursday. The number has been reduced by half during the last month.

Another 96 deaths were reported Thursday bringing the state’s total to 10,766.

The state recorded a drop in the percent positive, too, which fell to 6.2 percent based on tests from Tuesday — the lowest it’s been since last Wednesday when it was also 6.2 percent.

It breaks a run of three straight days in the 7 percent range.

Additionally, another 3,916 lab-confirmed cases were added on Thursday.

The state also says about 765,456 patients are presumed to have recovered from the virus.

Thursday Metrics

  • Total cases: 833,423
  • Newly reported cases: 3,916
  • Completed tests: 9,774,085
  • Currently hospitalized: 1,892
  • Total deaths: 10,766
  • Daily percent positive: 6.2%

Local Cases

  • Bertie: 1,605 cases – 39 deaths
  • Camden: 552 cases – 5 deaths
  • Chowan: 1,331 cases – 21 deaths
  • Currituck: 1,312 cases – 14 deaths
  • Dare: 1,827 cases – 8 deaths
  • Gates: 643 cases – 12 deaths
  • Hertford: 1,907 cases – 56 deaths
  • Pasquotank: 2,981 cases – 74 deaths
  • Perquimans: 863 cases – 7 deaths

For more information from NCDHHS, click here.

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