More than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases reported in NC Saturday

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – According to statistics from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, 1,370 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Saturday; the highest number in a day.

The percent of tests that were positive climbed to 10 percent. There were 15,203 tests completed.

“These are very concerning numbers. We must protect our loved ones and neighbors by working together. It begins with the three Ws – wearing a face covering, waiting six feet apart and washing hands frequently. It doesn’t stop there. Testing and knowing who has been exposed so they can have the resources and support they need are our tools for slowing the spread of this virus,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D.  

Testing is a priority for anyone who has symptoms or those who may have been exposed to COVID-19, including: 

  • Anyone who has attended a mass gathering including a protest 
  • Anyone who works in a setting at higher risk of exposure such as a grocery store, restaurant, gas station, or child care program 
  • People who live or work in high-risk settings such as long-term facilities, homeless shelters, correctional facilities or food processing facilities 

The total number of cases across the state Saturday was 34,625.

An additional 26 deaths were reported bringing the total to 992.

The number of people currently hospitalized is 708, down nine from Friday.

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