COVID-19 in NC: 1,346 new cases reported on Friday

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FILE – In this Wednesday, March 11, 2020 file photo, a technician prepares COVID-19 coronavirus patient samples for testing at a laboratory in New York’s Long Island. The Trump administration’s plan to provide every nursing home with a fast COVID-19 testing machine comes with an asterisk: the government won’t supply enough test kits to check staff and residents beyond an initial couple of rounds. A program that sounded like a game changer when it was announced last month at the White House is now prompting concerns that it could turn into another unfulfilled promise for nursing homes, whose residents and staff account for as many as 4 in 10 coronavirus deaths. Administration officials respond that nursing homes can pay for ongoing testing from a $5-billion federal allocation available to them. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – North Carolina added another 1,346 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday.

According to data from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, 19,320 tests were returned over the last 24 hours – down from the 29,325 on Wednesday and 31,596 on Thursday.

There are total of 142,170 lab-confirmed cases in the state from more than 1.8 million tests.

Hospitalizations remained steady at 1,049 – up two from Thursday but down from 1,105 on Monday.

Deaths attributed to the virus climbed to 2,313. That is up 26 from Thursday.

Patients 75 and older make up 57 percent of COVID-19-related deaths.

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