NC exceeds 500,000 COVID-19 cases after adding nearly 20,000 over past 3 days


This electron microscope image made available and color-enhanced by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Integrated Research Facility in Fort Detrick, Md., shows Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, orange, isolated from a patient. University of Hong Kong scientists claim to have the first evidence of someone being reinfected with the virus that causes COVID-19. They said Monday, Aug. 24, 2020 that genetic tests show a 33-year-old man returning to Hong Kong from a trip to Spain in mid-August had a different strain of the coronavirus than the one he’d previously been infected with in March. (NIAID/National Institutes of Health via AP)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — North Carolina health officials Saturday added three days worth of COVID-19 data together after taking two days off for Christmas.

During that time, there were 19,419 new cases added — including 7,703 of them on Thursday, the second-highest single-day total.

The 5,371 cases added Saturday also rank among the 20 days with the most new cases.

The new cases pushed the North Carolina case total past half a million, with 513,930 COVID-19 infections recorded since March.

There were 166 deaths reported over the past three days. The state did not say on which days those deaths were formally reported so we can’t specify any daily numbers. The North Carolina death toll from the disease is up to 6,526.

The numbers released Saturday indicate another three days with more than 3,000 people in hospitals across the state, making it five days in a row over 3,000 dating to Tuesday.

The hospitalization record was set Thursday with 3,098 and we’ve had two days of day-over-day drops since then, bringing us to 3,023 Saturday.

The percent positive showed signs of stability at 10.4 percent Saturday based on testing results from Christmas Eve and was at 10.1 percent and 10.3 percent on the two days before that.

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