CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) -COVID-19 hospitalizations remained below 1,000 for the third day in a row in North Carolina, health officials reported Wednesday.
The state said there are 933 people currently hospitalized by the virus, and 1,493 new cases were reported Wednesday.
Those new single-day cases was an increase from the 699 new cases reported on Tuesday, which was the fewest single-day total since early October.
The total number of people who have died of complications with the virus is now 12,830 in the state.
Since the first case was reported in North Carolina on March 3, 2020, the state has seen 986,443 total positive cases.
Officials say 12,754,978 tests have been given in N.C. as of Wednesday, and the percent of positive tests reported was 5.3 percent.
As of May 10, officials say 950,929 people were presumed to be recovered from COVID-19 in North Carolina. You can monitor the estimated number of patients presumed to be recovered from symptoms of COVID-19 by clicking here.
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The growing trend of North Carolina adults getting their COVID-19 vaccines continued with N.C. Department of Health and Human Services officials reporting 50.7 percent of adults are now at least partially vaccinated, and 44.8 percent are fully vaccinated.
“This is as significant milestone toward our goal of stopping the spread of COVID-19 and bringing summer back to North Carolina,” said NCDHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy K. Cohen. “I hope you will join the more than 4 million people who have taken their shot and help put this pandemic behind us.”
The state crossed the 50 percent mark for partially vaccinated adults on May 6.
North Carolina is currently providing COVID-19 vaccinations to individuals in Group 5, which includes everyone age 16 and older. Anyone 16 years and older became eligible for the vaccine starting Wednesday, April 7.
On April 13, the CDC and the FDA announced they were pausing the use of the J&J shot, and states and other providers were expected to follow.
Officials said they were investigating unusual clots that occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination. The six cases were in women between the ages of 18 and 48; there was one death and all remained under investigation.
COVID-19 restrictions will ease again on March 26 at 5 p.m., allowing for max capacity limits at some places.
Gov. Roy Cooper announced he was signing Executive Order 204 on March 23, days ahead of the expiration of Executive Order 195.
“Our sustained progress tell us we can move forward with easing restrictions if we do it safely,” Cooper said.
Under the new order, the following places will be able to increase capacity up to 100-percent:
- Retail businesses
The following places will be able to operate at 75-percent capacity indoors and 100-percent outdoors:
- Amusement parks
- Recreation establishments
Other places will be able to increase capacity to 50-percent indoors and outdoors:
- Conference centers
- Receptions venues
- Sports arenas
- Live performance venues
Movie theaters and gaming facilities may operate at up to 75-percent capacity outdoors under the new order.
<b>DOCUMENT: </b><a href="https://files.nc.gov/governor/documents/files/EO204-Further-Easing-Restrictions.pdf" target=_blank><b>Click here to read Executive Order 204 in its entirety</b></a>
Effective at 5 p.m. on March 26, the 11 p.m. curfew for on-site alcohol consumption will be lifted. Mass gathering limits will be increased to 50 outdoors and 100 outdoors.
The mask mandate and six-feet social distancing will remain in place. All businesses must continue to maintain the six feet of distance requirement between patrons and implement other safety protocols as they expand their capacity.