More people decide to get their shot as NC coronavirus cases, hospitalizations soar to highest level since winter
In the last 24 hours, North Carolina reported over 6,600 new coronavirus cases and nearly 2,500 hospitalizations -- the most in the state since Feb. 4.Posted — Updated
The number of people who tested positive for coronavirus on Friday is more than the population of Carolina Beach, and nearly as many people as the population of Zebulon. It's the highest number we've seen since late January.
Cases were 12 times higher on Friday than they were a month ago.
Twenty new deaths were also reported Friday, and the rate of positive cases is at 11.6%, a slight increase from Thursday. State health officials say that number should be around 5%.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is recommending that everyone wear a face mask until cases fall.
State of vaccinations as COVID-19 cases rise
More than 10 million vaccine doses have been dolled out to North Carolinians, according to data released on Friday.
58% of all adults in the state have received a coronavirus vaccine as of Friday.
As the Delta variant of coronavirus surges across the state, more people are deciding to get their shot. Vaccinations were up more than 16% last week and first doses increased more than 30% compared to the past two weeks, state health officials said.
More than 88% of all coronavirus cases reported since May 6 have been among people who are not vaccinated.
In response to rising cases, health leaders are urging everyone 12 and older to be vaccinated. Even though some vaccinated people are getting coronavirus, the vaccine protects against serious illness or death.
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