COVID-19 cases reach new record as vaccine opportunities, testing continue across the state

COVID-19 vaccination in high demand

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - COVID-19 cases surged to a new record on Saturday.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported a single-day record of 11,581 new COVID-19 cases.

In addition, NCDHHS is reporting 84 of the state’s 100 counties are in the red meaning they have a critically high level of spreading COVID-19.

COVID-19 cases reach new record as vaccine opportunities, testing continue across the state

“We are in a very dangerous position,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen.

Opportunities to get the COVID-19 vaccination also expanded this week.

People who are 75 and older in Phase 1B Group 1 were able to receive their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine across the state.

Testing demand also stayed consistent in Charlotte.

The CEO of StarMed Urgent and Family Care said they test upwards of 900 people at their Tuckaseegee location and nearly 5,000 people in their other locations across the state.

Savannah Wright stopped by the Tuckaseegee testing site Saturday.

She said she’s been tested before but wasn’t taking any chances after the holidays.

“I went out for New Year’s in the Florida area and I’m just making sure everything is fine, just making sure that I’m not a spreader and if I need to quarantine myself,” Wright said.

Helping people get tested and treated for COVID-19 is personal for StarMed Nurse Practitioner Marina Cawthra.

“I can’t tell you what a relief and how full our hearts are going to be to be able to do that and give people security and the ability to go back to their lives,” Cawthra said.

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