North Carolina reaches 100,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus
North Carolina on Monday surpassed 100,000 positive cases of the novel coronavirus, which has strained health systems and crippled economies worldwide and become a pivotal event for learning, health care and government.Posted — Updated
To date, 101,206 positive tests have been reported since the first confirmed case in early March. On Monday, the number of new cases was 1,396, down from recent daily reports of over 2,000 new cases.
Of the tests performed in North Carolina, about 9% have been positive.
While most of those who test positive recover – through Monday, North Carolina had an estimated 78,707 reports of recoveries – and some show no symptoms at all, much is still unknown about the virus that causes COVID-19.
The state health department estimates about 78% of people who tested positive for coronavirus have recovered. Roughly 2% have died, leaving an estimated 20%, or 20,800 people still suffering from the virus
On Monday, hospitals across the state reported 1,086 North Carolinians being treated for COVID-19.
In the area that includes Wake, Franklin, Harnett, Johnston and Lee counties, for example, 87 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, including nine who were admitted to hospitals in those counties in the last 24 hours. The area has about 40 percent of its hospital beds and 29 percent of its intensive care beds available.
Meanwhile, the region that includes Durham, Caswell, Granville, Person, Robeson and Vance counties has 124 people hospitalized with COVID-19, 11 of whom were admitted in the last 24 hours. More than half of the hospital beds and about 30 percent of ICU beds in area hospitals are empty.
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