Editor’s Note: CBS 17 originally reported COVID-19 cases were up 20 percent, however the Department of Health and Human Services incorrectly posted its dashboard numbers when they were released. The current article now reflects accurate data.

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Public health officials say North Carolina saw 7 percent fewer new COVID-19 cases in the state last week.

Revised weekly numbers Wednesday afternoon from the state Department of Health and Human Services showed about 26,000 new cases were reported during the week of May 22-28 — the first week-over-week drop in roughly two months.

The agency earlier Wednesday had the case count for last week at more than 28,000, which would have been an increase of nearly 20 percent.

NCDHHS did not immediately explain the correction.

The agency also says the number of COVID virus particles in sewage was up by nearly 40 percent — with a raw count of 26.5 million — and 5 percent of visits to emergency rooms across the state were for COVID-like symptoms. A week ago, that rate was 4 percent.

NCDHHS also reported 12 percent more people were admitted to hospitals with COVID than there were a week earlier, with the raw total climbing to 734.

The 26,446 new cases reported on the agency’s main dashboard was a noticeable drop from the revised count of 23,919 it showed for the week of May 15-21.A total of 5,336 of them were reported on May 23 — the highest one-day total since Feb. 10.

The running count of patients in hospitals also continued to tick back up, reaching its highest level in more than two months. There were 681 people hospitalized on May 26, the most since March 17 when there were 722.

The state reported 22 more deaths last week, bringing the total to 24,656.


(Since May 25)

6,736 first doses

4,504 second doses

265 single-shot J&J doses

33,834 booster doses

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