Highest one-day increase of COVID-19 positive tests in NC reported Saturday

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Less than 24 hours into the start of Phase 2 of reopening of the state, the highest one-day increase of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported.

According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, 1,107 positive COVID-19 cases were reported on Saturday.  

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“This is a notable and concerning increase. As we head into a holiday weekend, please practice the three Ws – wear a face covering, wait six feet apart, and wash your hands frequently. When it comes to our health, we need to work together to protect our families, friends and neighbors,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen. 
 
The number of deaths rose slightly to 737 and the number of people currently hospitalized rose to 589.

A total of 329,582 test have been completed.
 
NCDHHS epidemiologists are analyzing the data to determine if there were any significant contributing factors. Click here for additional data.

Friday evening marked the start of the “Safer at Home” Phase Two of North Carolina’s reopening. Businesses such as restaurants, salons, and pools were allowed to reopen if they met certain requirements.

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