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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

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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.

Tracking the coronavirus curve 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.

Source: N.C. DHHS
Graphic: Tyler Dukes, WRAL

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.

Coronavirus cases in North Carolina by county

This North Carolina map of COVID-19 cases is updated around-the-clock by the WRAL newsroom as we receive information from state and county health officials on new positive tests for the coronavirus. Click on or hover over any highlighted county in the map to see details of the cases in that county. Darker shaded counties have the highest number of cases.

Source: N.C. DHHS, local health departments
Graphic: Alex Phillips, WRAL

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.

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