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NC coronavirus hospitalizations, deaths in one day reach a record

Posted July 29, 2020 12:14 p.m. EDT
Updated July 29, 2020 5:41 p.m. EDT

— More than 1,290 people are being treated for the coronavirus across North Carolina. That number, reported Wednesday, is a record for the second straight day. Over the past 24 hours, an additional 52 people have been reported in hospitals with the disease.

Since early March, 118,015 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the virus.

While many of those who test positive show only mild symptoms and most recover, 1,888 statewide have died of COVID-19 through July 29.

On Wednesday, the state reported the single greatest number of daily deaths to date: 42.

California, with 197 deaths, and Florida, with 216, also had record days for deaths on Wednesday. On Tuesday, six states –Arkansas, California, Florida, Montana, Oregon and Texas – saw a record number of people die from coronavirus.

Across the United States, more than 150,000 people have died, 4.36 million people have tested positive for coronavirus and 1.3 million have recovered.

North Carolina estimates that more than 92,000 people, or 80% of those who test positive, have recovered from the coronavirus over the past five months.

According to research at Johns Hopkins University, 16.3 million people have been diagnosed with coronavirus worldwide, with a quarter of those cases in the United States. Just about 650,000 people have died around the world. The U.S. is the leader in the number of deaths as well.

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