RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – North Carolina now has more than 25,000 positive laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to increase, according to the latest data from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. The state is also seeing its highest number of reported COVID-19 deaths.
Governor Roy Cooper and the Coronavirus Task Force held a Thursday briefing as the state is six days into phase 2.
Cooper said the increase in numbers is expected due to an increase in COVID-19 testing.
The NCDHHS website has launched an interactive tool to find testing sites throughout the state. The tool includes over 300 places to get tested at with over 30 private companies and hospitals conducting the lab work on the samples to get results.
“Today, another private partner, CVS, has announced 55 new drive-through testing locations all across North Carolina,” said Cooper. “We’re glad to have another retail store that offers testing, especially as we work to make testing available to historically underserved communities.”
“As we are now six days into Safer At Home Phase 2, please continue to look out for each other,” he said. “Show respect for those workers still trying to navigate this pandemic to keep their customers safe and keep their businesses open. Be courteous to one another when you’re out and about.”
As for the numbers, a total of 25,412 cases were reported on Thursday by NCDHHS, an increase of 784 from Wednesday. That’s the third highest daily increase for North Carolina.
There are 827 deaths being attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 33 deaths from the 794 deaths reported on Wednesday.
A total of 708 hospitalizations due to COVID-19 were reported on Thursday, marking the highest number since the pandemic began. That’s 6 more than Wednesday.
Meanwhile the state added more than 10,000 new tests, with about 8% coming back positive.
Gates: 24 cases — 1 death
Dare: 18 cases — 1 death
Currituck: 13 cases
Pasquotank: 102 cases — 9 deaths
Perquimans: 23 cases — 2 deaths
Hertford: 72 cases — 1 death
Bertie: 118 cases — 4 deaths
Chowan: 16 cases
Camden: 3 cases
Pasqotank County was the only locality in WAVY’s viewing area to add new cases on Thursday (2).
For more information from NCDHHS, click here.