NC COVID-19 death toll reaches 5,000, more than 3,400 new cases Saturday

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reporting more than 3,000 new COVID-19 cases, and more than 5,000 deaths.

The state reported Saturday that 5,005 people have died from COVID-19, and 3,415 new cases. It is a decrease of 273 from yesterday’s total. The number of new cases has gone down two days in a row.

This has caused the 7-day rolling average to dip slightly. It’s at 3,306 which is a drop of 67 from yesterday’s record high. Today is the first day since November 13 that the 7-day rolling average did not set a record high.

The percent positive increased slightly today to 8.5%, an increase of 0.7% from yesterday’s 7.8%.

Today is also another record high in hospitalizations. This is the sixth day in a row that we have either matched or set the record. Today’s total is 1,590, an increase of 17 from yesterday’s then-record total of 1,573.

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