RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – North Carolina reported 1,768 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday – the highest daily increase since the beginning of the pandemic.
The record number of new cases stems from the most tests completed in a 24-hour period – 21,442, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported.
North Carolina has 41,249 total confirmed cases and has completed 595,697 tests.
NCDHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen said an increase in cases is expected as the amount of completed tests increase but she said the pace of the cases is concerning.
Cohen said the number of tests completed in a day has tripled over the last month – from 5,000 a day to 15,000 a day on average.
“In the last week, we’ve done an average of over 15,000 tests a day. This high number is good – but we know we still need to do more,” Gov. Roy Cooper said Friday.
Hospitalizations fell for the first time this week. Across the state, there are 760 patients hospitalized in relation to COVID-19 – down from 812 on Thursday.
A total of 1,092 deaths are being attributed to the virus.
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