After delay in 1,000 results from LabCorp, NC reports highest 1-day total of new COVID-19 cases

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The highest single-day total of new COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began was reported Saturday, which officials said was partly caused by a delay in reporting about 1,000 positive cases earlier in the month.

According to NCDHHS, 2,585 new cases were reported, shattering the previous record by 104. The previous record record was set on July 18.

State health officials said Saturday afternoon that the high number Saturday was because about “1,000 positive tests from dates in the first half of the month that were reported to NCDHHS by LabCorp in the past 24 hours.”

The Department is working with LabCorp to understand the cause of the delayed reporting; however, LabCorp confirmed that individuals were not delayed in receiving their results.

Adults between the ages of 18-24 make up 16 percent of the new cases, two percentage points higher than last week.

The percent positive is now 8.4 percent, up from 6.5 percent reported Friday.

Another 31 deaths were reported, bringing the total to 2,683. That’s slightly above the average of nearly 30 over the previous four days.

There are currently 965 people hospitalized, a slight decrease of five from Friday. The number of people hospitalized has decreased slightly on three of the last four days.

State officials released a statement about the incident with LabCorp, which said in part:

The Department is working with LabCorp to understand the cause of the delayed reporting; however, LabCorp confirmed that individuals were not delayed in receiving their results.

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