NC tests 24,630, the highest number in a single day
Posted July 2, 2020 12:08 p.m. EDT
Updated July 2, 2020 12:27 p.m. EDT
The number of North Carolinians getting tested for coronavirus reached a record 24,630 on Wednesday, the highest single-day total. The number of tests that are positive has consistently hovered around 7%.
The increase in testing and an expansion of tests to anyone who wants one, has yielded a corresponding increase in cases diagnosed. To date, 67,016 people statewide have tested positive for the coronavirus.
New reported COVID-19 cases, deaths in NC
New laboratory confirmed cases and deaths are based on daily reporting from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services via the agency's COVID-19 dashboard. The dashboard started publishing case counts on March 13 and death counts on March 26. Because these case and death numbers can lag slightly based on the time it takes labs to process tests and health officials to confirm cases, we're also calculating a seven-day rolling average to show the curve of cases. NOTE: This chart now includes cases and deaths identified through antigen testing, which DHHS began reporting on its dashboard on Sept. 25. Read more about the corrections and compare the changes here.
The state has been averaging about 21,500 tests per day and has run almost 1 million coronavirus tests since March.
Durham and Wake counties both added 100 new cases of coronavirus Thursday. Across the state, an additional 1,629 people tested positive.
Most of those who have tested positive have since recovered. On Monday, the state reported that 45,538 people have recovered from the virus.
While many people have relatively mild symptoms and some people show no symptoms at all, for some, especially those with underlying health conditions, COVID-19 can be fatal. To date, 1,400 people have died of it in North Carolina, and 912 are currently in the hospital.
More than half of all cases in the state were reported in June.
In March, the state reported 1,528 cases of coronavirus; In April, that number was 9,316; In May, 17,786 and in June 36,768, or 56% of the total.