New coronavirus cases in NC spike for second straight day

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) — For a second straight day, the total new COVID-19 cases across North Carolina has risen.

The NC Department of Health and Human Services’ COVID-19 dashboard reported 19,174 cases on Friday, a 3% rise from the 18,571 cases reported on Thursday. The state’s percentage of positive cases is 22.9%.

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