COVID-19 in NC: Hospital numbers drop to nearly 1,800; 71% of adults now with at least 1 vaccine dose


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The number of North Carolinians in hospitals with COVID-19 has dropped to nearly 1,800 — the fewest in 2 1/2 months.

With the delta-driven surge continuing to recede across the state, the average number of new cases has fallen every day for the past month — even as the state Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday reported its most new cases in four days and another 65 deaths.

A total of 7,300 doses were added to the state’s total over the past 24 hours, the agency also reported a one-point increase in one of its key vaccination percentages: 71 percent of all adults have had at least one dose.

NCDHHS says there were 1,811 COVID patients in hospitals, a drop of 85 from Tuesday and the 29th consecutive day-over-day decline. The current total is less than half of what it was when it peaked on Sept. 9.

The pace of deaths also appears to be slowing: This is the first Wednesday in more than a month with fewer than 97 deaths reported. The total increased to 17,640.


3,169 first doses
417 single-shot J&J doses
7,305 total doses

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