COVID-19 in NC: Percent positive dips to lowest level in 3 months


A nurse prepares a dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against the new coronavirus to be injected at the Andras Josa Teaching Hospital in Nyiregyhaza, Hungary, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. (Attila Balazs/MTI via AP)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – North Carolina’s daily percent positive of COVID-19 tests was the lowest reported number in three months.

Thursday’s reported percent positive, which is based off Tuesday’s data, is 5.9 percent – the lowest the state has seen since Nov. 6.

That is a drop of more than 1.5 percentage points from where it was Wednesday.

Hospitalizations continued to drop, reaching the lowest point since the early days of December.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported 2,185 patients in the hospital with COVID-19 on Thursday – a drop of 107 from Wednesday’s 2,292.

The number of deaths attributed to the virus climbed to 10,294 on Thursday – up by 113 from Wednesday.

It’s the second day in a row with at least 100 and the 13th time in 22 days with at least that many.

North Carolina reported 4,568 new cases, which is about 700 more than Wednesday, but the bigger trend is that the state’s seven-day rolling average dipped to its lowest point since Dec. 4.

It’s at 4,095 Thursday and was at 4,003 then.

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