There are 1,168 people currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 in North Carolina, up 27 from Thursday’s reported 1,141. Of these, 293 people — about 24% — are adults in intensive care units. Hospitalizations have increased daily statewide since July 9, when 409 people were in the hospital.
The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported 3,199 new cases statewide Friday, down 69 from the 3,268 new cases reported Thursday. Thursday’s case increase was the largest the state has reported since February, according to an article by The Charlotte Observer. Statewide, North Carolina reported slightly fewer new cases of COVID-19 on Friday than it did Thursday, but the count remained above 3,000 for a second straight day, according to the North Carolina DHHS COVID-19 dashboard.
There were 17 new deaths reported Friday, for a total of 13,635 deaths caused by COVID-19 in the state. The state first reached more than 13,000 deaths in late May. The state reported 16 new deaths Wednesday, the highest since June 24 when it reported 15. Due to dramatic increases in COVID-19 infections across McDowell County, press releases have been transitioned back to Monday through Friday.
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