Gov. Cooper to provide pandemic response update as COVID-19 hospitalizations surge


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Gov. Roy Cooper will provide a COVID-19 response update on Wednesday as North Carolina continues to see a surge in the number of cases and hospitalizations.

The number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals in North Carolina continued its march toward 3,000, while another 5,000 new cases were reported across the state on Wednesday.

The state Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday said 2,930 people were hospitalized and reported another 57 deaths.

The patient count rose by 102 from Tuesday, and marks the highest total since Jan. 29 — the last time that total surpassed 3,000.

In a sign of how quickly the delta variant is spreading, it’s the ninth time in 15 days that the number of hospitalized patients climbed by at least 100 in one day.

DHHS also reported 5,256 new cases — the fifth day in the past week with at least 5,000 of them. The seven-day average also exceeded 5,000 new cases for the sixth consecutive day.

This story will be updated.

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