NC COVID-19 Jan. 5 update: Nearly 3,800 hospitalized, Cooper mobilizes National Guard in vaccination aid, percent positivity at 16.2%

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN/WAVY) – Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 in North Carolina continue to increase, with Tuesday setting another record high at 3,781.

Hospitalizations increased by 138 from Monday’s previous record of 3,643.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services data shows 5,285 new laboratory-confirmed daily cases were added on Tuesday. – in line with the 5,187 that were added Monday.

Those daily numbers are nearly half of what was reported over the weekend with 9,527 on Friday and 9,365 on Saturday.

Tuesday’s daily percent positive was 16.2% – the third highest on record.

North Carolina now has 575,396  total cases of the virus from 7,150,588 completed tests.

Another 55 deaths were reported Tuesday, bringing the total to 6,996.

On Tuesday, Gov. Roy Cooper mobilized the National Guard in the state to help speed up COVID-19 vaccinations.

Guard soldiers will support local health providers, who are starting to vaccinate people 75 and older this week. Northeast North Carolina and the Outer Banks were set to get their vaccines through Albermarle Health’s drive-thru clinics.

It comes a day after Rep. Billy Richardson, D-Cumberland, called on Cooper to do so. North Carolina has one of the lower rates of vaccines administered in the U.S., per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.

Vaccine rollout has been slow overall nationwide, with Virginia faces similar issues. Gov. Ralph Northam has yet to active the National Guard in Virginia at this time. He is expected to hold a coronavirus briefing Wednesday at 2 p.m. however.

Local cases

  • Bertie: 1,270 cases – 27 deaths
  • Camden: 321 cases – 5 deaths
  • Chowan: 878 cases – 20 deaths
  • Currituck: 714 cases – 11 deaths
  • Dare: 1,164 cases – 5 deaths
  • Gates: 386 cases – 12 deaths
  • Hertford: 1,446 cases – 50 deaths
  • Pasquotank: 1,935 cases2– 44 deaths
  • Perquimans: 585 cases – 5 deaths

For more information from NCDHHS on the coronavirus, click here.

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