NC Jan. 21 COVID-19 update: Hospitalizations continue to drop, more than 7K new cases; NCDOT to provide rides to get vaccinated

North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (WAVY) – North Carolina hospitalizations are continuing to decrease as cases continue to climb.

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen held a briefing regarding COVID-19 at 1 p.m. with the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Secretary J. Eric Boyette.

Cohen announced that NCDOT has set up a transportation system to assist those who need a ride getting to and from a COVID-19 vaccination location. The Coronavirus Relief Funding will be distributed to North Carolina transit agencies to help pay for those rides.

North Carolinians who need transportation assistance should reach out to their local transit agency. You can find your local transit agency online at NC_public_transit. Local transit agencies serve all 100 North Carolina counties. 

Some vaccine locations are providing the vaccine by appointment only. For a list of vaccine providers by county, visit

As for the daily numbers, there are 74 fewer hospitalized COVID-19 patients reported Thursday – down to 3,666 from 3,740 on Wednesday.

Hospitalizations have decreased for seven of the past eight days.

There are 7,187 new cases reported, about 772 more than Wednesday, but still well below the seven-day average at any point since Jan. 3.

The death total reached 8,339 with the addition of 139 more deaths reported in the past 24-hours.

The percent positive continues to hold relatively steady at 10.3 percent, down 1.5 percent from Wednesday.

Additionally, the state says 579,573 patients are presumed to have recovered from the virus.

Thursday Metrics

  • Total Cases: 698,099
  • Newly reported Cases: 7,187
  • Completed Tests: 8,240,694
  • Currently Hospitalized: 3,666
  • Total Deaths: 8,339
  • Daily Percent Positive: 10.3%

Local cases

  • Bertie: 1,444 cases – 27 deaths
  • Camden: 429 cases – 5 deaths
  • Chowan: 1,069 cases – 20 deaths
  • Currituck: 972 cases – 13 deaths
  • Dare: 1,537 cases – 6 deaths
  • Gates: 487 cases – 12 deaths
  • Hertford: 1,689 cases – 53 deaths
  • Pasquotank: 2,445 cases – 65 deaths
  • Perquimans: 701 cases – 5 deaths

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

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