RALEIGH, N.C. (WAVY/WNCN) – North Carolina health officials added 2,582 new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases to the state’s total on Nov. 10, while also reporting 1,230 hospitalizations.

There are now 297,442 total cases of the disease in the state. On Tuesday, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said 261,719 patients have presumably recovered from coronavirus.

Gov. Roy Cooper is tightening the restrictions on gathering in the state as North Carolina’s COVID-19 metrics trend in the wrong direction.

On Tuesday, Cooper said he would reduce the limit on indoor gatherings from 25 people to 10.

“The risk of transmitting and contracting COVID-19 is higher in indoor settings where individuals are in close physical contact for an extended period oftime (more than 15 minutes), in which it is difficult to wear a Face Covering consistently, or that involve large numbers of people.”

Cooper said the transmission of the virus is greater indoors.

North Carolina will also stay in Phase 3. It was set to expire Friday.

“This pandemic will not last forever,” Cooper said.

Dr. Mandy Cohen said North Carolina is on “shaky ground” as Thanksgiving approaches.

She urged everyone to avoid traveling and to wear a mask around anyone who does not live with you.

Tuesday’s new cases brought the percent positive rate to 7.5 percent.

The total number of deaths attributed to the virus reached 4,660 on Tuesday.

Here are the latest updates from local counties:

Gates 178 cases – 3 deaths
Dare 455 cases – 3 deaths
Currituck 255 cases – 4 deaths
Pasquotank 946 cases – 35 deaths
Perquimans 272 cases – 4 deaths
Bertie 757 cases – 21 deaths
Camden 150 cases – 3 deaths
Hertford 895 cases – 36 deaths
Chowan 552 cases – 18 deaths

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