North Carolina smashes daily COVID cases record
Posted January 9, 2021 6:58 p.m. EST
Updated January 9, 2021 8:49 p.m. EST
North Carolina reported 11,518 cases on Saturday, shattering the previous daily record of 10,398 cases.
To date, 614,355 coronavirus cases have been reported in the states.
On average, the state is reporting 7,988 new cases -- the highest ever.
The number of deaths reported on Saturday was 97, which is not a record, but the average new deaths is at its highest ever at 76.
Hospitalizations across the state are down from Friday, with more than 3,800 people in the hospital. 7,425 North Carolinians have died from COVID since March.
Doctors said they find these numbers alarming, and we shouldn't be in denial about the virus' impact in the state.
State leaders have given the green-light to move into the next phase of COVID vaccinations. This includes Triangle counties, like Wake, who are ready to vaccinate people in the 75-and-older group.
"We want to get thousands, and thousands, and thousands of people who are at risk, who are older vaccinated as soon as possible," said Dr. David Wohl, an infectious disease specialist at UNC Medical Center.
Wohl said older people are filling ICUS in hospitals and people most at-risk for catching COVID remain a priority for health care workers.
Doctors said if you're waiting to be vaccinated, remain patient.
"A phased approach makes sense." Wohl explained. "We can't just vaccinate everyone in the country at once, so I think it does make sense to ge the health care workers first, learn how to do this and get older people,"
He added that he hopes to see the coronavirus peak occur so that we'll eventually trend downward in deaths, ICU admissions and hospitalizations.