NC COVID-19 Nov. 24 update: Hospitalizations surge to 1,724 – shattering previous high

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN/WAVY) – North Carolina’s COVID-19 hospitalizations continued to climb on Tuesday, reaching a new record of 1,724.

That’s an additional 121 people hospitalized within 24 hours.

That breaks the previous all-time high of 1,601 set on Monday, according to data released by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

Tuesday’s numbers released by NCDHHS included 3,100 new lab-confirmed cases, bringing the state’s total to 342,294.

North Carolina has now returned more than 5 million tests since the start of the pandemic.

Tuesday’s percent positive rate was 6.5 percent – a slight drop from Monday’s 6.6 percent.

Gov. Roy Cooper announced a stricter state-wide mask mandate on Monday that says North Carolinians must wear a mask at home when you have friends or family over to visit as well as wearing a mask at work, at the gym, at the store, and at school.

Cooper said his latest executive order makes it “clear that everyone needs to wear a mask whenever you are with someone you don’t live with.”

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“I have a stark warning for North Carolinians today. We are in danger. This is a pivotal moment in our fight against the coronavirus. Our actions now will determine the fate of many,” Cooper said.

Here are the latest coronavirus case counts from local counties:

  • Bertie: 866 – 23 deaths (+9 cases, +1 death)
  • Camden: 170 – 3 deaths (no change from Monday)
  • Chowan: 590 – 18 deaths (+3 cases)
  • Currituck:  311 – 5 deaths (+2 cases)
  • Dare: 597 – 4 deaths (+2 cases)
  • Gates: 201 – 6 deaths (+4 cases)
  • Hertford: 956 – 39 deaths (+8 cases)
  • Pasquotank: 1,041—35 deaths (+10 cases)
  • Perquimans: 319 – 4 deaths (+3 cases)

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