As NC's coronavirus infections, hospitalizations soar, expect more deaths
Hospitalizations and deaths have trailed spikes in coronavirus infections during the pandemic. So, as more new cases and hospital patients have been reported in North Carolina in recent weeks, an increased number of virus-related deaths might not be far off.
THE PEAK OF HURRICANE WEEKEND >>> WE ARE CONTINUING TO SEE THE NUMBER OF COVID RELATED HOSPITALIZATIONS INCREASE. WE ARE JOINING YOU NOW WITH DETAILS ON WHY THIS WAS EXPECTED. WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THESE TRENDS. >> THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE PANDEMIC, HOSPITALIZATIONS AND DEATHS HAVE LAGGED BEHIND CASES HAVE REALLY STARTED TO CLIMB. >> IT WAS SO LONG AGO WE LOOK AT THE PEAK BACK IN THE WINTER OF EARLY THIS YEAR AND LATE LAST YEAR THAT MS. DAY FOR COVID THUS FAR WAS NOT UNTIL FEBRUARY 3 SO THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT SOMETHING WE HAVE BEEN EXPECTING. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN GOING FORWARD. >> ADDED THOUSANDS OF OUR HOSPITALIZATIONS ARE INCREASING UNFORTUNATELY, IT IS LIKELY THAT WE ARE GOING TO SEE ADULTS INCREASE IN THE FUTURE AS WELL. WE TALKED ABOUT CURVES, IT IS ACTUALLY STEEPER NOW THAN BACK IN DECEMBER AND IN JANUARY. RIGHT NOW, WE ARE AT ABOUT 800 AWAY FROM THAT. AT THAT POINT, IT TOOK THREE WEEKS TO ADD 800 CASES CURRENTLY IT IS TAKING LESS THAN TWO WEEKS FOR US TO ADD IT SO AS WE ARE FROM THE CASES GO UP, WE THINK THAT POSSIBLY COULD CONTINUE TO DECLINE BUT TODAY THE CDC RELEASED INFORMATION THAT THEY THINK THE