CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has released its latest coronavirus statistics on Wednesday.
An uptick in fatalities was reported with 40 additional deaths raising the state total to 11,894.
The state surpassed 900,000 cases on Wednesday with 2,098 new cases being reported over the last 24 hours. Hospitalizations rose slightly to 981, however, they remain under 1,000 for the seventh straight day. The infection rate remains level at 6.1%.
On Tuesday, North Carolina announced they will lift some of the major restrictions starting Friday. Restaurants and bars will now be allowed to open at 75-100% capacity. Entertainment venues including museums, sports, and music will be allowed to increase occupancy, and the alcohol curfew is being eliminated.
The mask mandate is still in place.
CMS returned to four days per week of in-person instruction this week for some elementary and middle school students. CMS announced Tuesday night that middle and high school students will also be allowed to do four days per week beginning April 12.
“As a mom, I know students will be overjoyed to be back with teachers and friends in the classroom four days a week. Safe, in-person learning is what our students need,” said Board Chair Elyse Dashew. “I also know that all of this change is exhausting for the CMS family. The board has responded to ever-changing COVID guidelines for over a year now, including new rules announced by the state as recently as last week. We thank our staff, students, and families for your resilience. The light is at the end of the tunnel.”