NC Feb. 26 COVID-19 update: Hospitalizations drop by 1,900 over last 30 days; eased stay-at-home order goes into effect Friday

North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (WAVY/WNCN) – North Carolina’s key COVID-19 metrics continue to show improvement the same day the Executive Order goes into effect relaxing the modified stay-at-home order for parts of the state.

Gov. Roy Cooper announced during the briefing Wednesday that since the numbers continue to trend in a positive direction, several areas throughout the state will have eased restrictions.

“Today I am announcing that we will ease, but not lift, restrictions in several areas with a new executive order that will go into effect this Friday, February 26,” Cooper said.

On Friday, the state added 2,924 new cases and 1,465 hospitalizations — which have decreased by a little more than 1,900 over the last month.

North Carolina hasn’t reported hospitalizations in the mid-1,400s since mid-November – long before the holiday surge.

Friday’s percent positive, based on Wednesday’s data, is 4.7 percent – below the state’s goal of 5 percent and steady with Thursday’s 4.5 percent.

North Carolina has 855,905 total cases from 10.1 million completed tests.

The number of deaths increased to 11,186 on Friday.

Friday Metrics

  • Total cases: 855,905
  • Newly reported cases: 2,924
  • Completed tests: 10,150,647
  • Total hospitalizations: 1,465
  • Total deaths: 11,186
  • Daily percent positive: 4.7%

Local Cases

  • Bertie: 1,631 cases – 41 deaths
  • Camden: 578 cases – 5 deaths
  • Chowan: 1,359 cases – 22 deaths
  • Currituck: 1,366 cases – 15 deaths
  • Dare: 1,849 cases – 8 deaths
  • Gates: 673 cases – 12 deaths
  • Hertford: 1,943 cases – 60 deaths
  • Pasquotank: 3,047 cases – 77 deaths
  • Perquimans: 894 cases – 8 deaths

For more information from NCDHHS, click here.

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