N.C. reports fewer than 1,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations for fifth straight day

One year since first COVID-19 case in N.C.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - North Carolina health officials continue to report fewer than 1,000 new COVID-19-related hospitalizations Friday for the fifth day in a row.

The state said there are 926 people currently hospitalized by the virus, and 1,501 new cases were reported Friday.

Tuesday, the state reported 699 new cases - the fewest single-day cases since early October.

The total number of people who have died of complications with the virus is now 12,862 in the state.

Since the first case was reported in North Carolina on March 3, 2020, the state has seen 989,338 total positive cases.

Officials say 12,86,681 tests have been given in N.C. as of Thursday, and the percent of positive tests reported was 3.8 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.

N.C. COVID-19 Dashboard: Click here for DHHS info on coronavirus cases, deaths and hospitalizations

VACCINATIONS IN NORTH CAROLINA

The growing trend of North Carolina adults getting their COVID-19 vaccines continued with N.C. Department of Health and Human Services officials reporting 51 percent of adults are now at least partially vaccinated, and 45.5 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 for those age 12 and older. Those aged 12-17 may only receive the Pfizer vaccine. Use My Spot to find locations that carry the Pfizer vaccine.

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.

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People who need transportation assistance to a COVID-19 vaccine should reach out to their local transit agency. Local transit information can be found here: NC_public_transit.pdf (ncdot.gov).

COVID-19 ORDERS IN N.C.

On Friday, May 14, Gov. Cooper lifted all mandatory capacity and gathering limits, social distancing requirements, and most mandatory mask requirements.

The move, effective immediately, means that in most settings indoors or outdoors the state will no longer require you to wear a mask or be socially distant. Cooper said there will continue to be a mandatory indoor mask requirement on public transportation, in child care, in schools, in prisons and in certain public health settings.

The update comes a day after the CDC announces easing mask requirements for vaccinated Americans.

Effective at 5 p.m. on March 26, the 11 p.m. curfew for on-site alcohol consumption was lifted.

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