North Carolina set new records for COVID-19 hospitalizations and number of new cases Saturday (July 11th).
There were 2,462 new COVID-19 cases and 47 new related deaths, and the number of victims hospitalized increased to 1,093.
It was the third straight day of hospitalizations over 1,000 and the number for the first time was approaching 1,100. It was the 18th consecutive day with an increase in the number of new cases.
At least 83,793 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus and 1,499 have now died according to the NC Dept. of Health & Human Services.
“These record-high numbers are concerning,” said Dr. Mandy Cohen, NCDHHS Secretary. “We all have a responsibility to one another to wear a face covering, avoid crowds and wash our hands often to get our trends going back in the right direction.”
Unlike parts of Arizona and Texas, so far hospitals aren't being overwhelmed by the new cases. The NCDHHS says just over 75% of all hospital beds and about the same percentage of intensive care unit beds are now occupied, leaving just under one-fourth still available.
The percentage of positive cases as a portion of all tests remained at 10%.
Governor Roy Cooper said Thursday that he'll announce more about plans for reopening schools this week. Schools are scheduled to reopen August 17th, but details of what precautions will be necessary are yet to be finalized.
Phase Two of Cooper's reopening plan for the state will expire Friday unless extended. Cooper and Cohen have said to move into a later phase will require improvement in the figures for new cases, percentages of positive cases and hospitalizations--none of which has happened.
In our area, Catawba County is the only county to report new figures on Saturday and Sunday. They had 40 new cases Saturday & 38 Sunday to bring the number of active cases to 680. The county had 24 people hospitalized related to the coronavirus on Sunday.
Gaston County reported 727 active cases on Friday. For the first time Lincoln County's active case count topped one hundred at 107 and Cleveland County had 111 active cases.
South Carolina also announced its highest single-day total for new coronavirus cases Saturday--2,239. More than 22 percent of tests in the state came back positive on Friday — the highest positivity rate for the state yet, according to health officials.
In addition to the Carolinas, Oregon, Arkansas, Hawaii and Alaska also recorded single-day highs Saturday. More than 60,000 new coronavirus cases were announced in the US on Saturday. For the week, North & South Carolina, Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Mississippi, South Dakota, Texas and Tennessee all set single-day records for new cases.
South Carolina has 54,538 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 940 confirmed deaths and 11 deaths that were probably caused by the coronavirus according to the Dept. of Health & Environmental Control.
Governor Henry McMaster issued an order Saturday banning alcoholic beverage sales after 11 PM. In Louisiana, which now has more cases per capita than any state except New York & New Jersey, the governor ordered bars closed.
More than 15,000 people tested positive on a single day this weekend in Florida. That’s more than the previous record set just a few days earlier in California, and more than New York reported at its peak--11,571 in April. About 40 hospitals in Florida have no ICU beds available and more than 7,000 patients are hospitalized statewide with the virus.
The CDC now places the death toll from COVID-19 at 133,666, but other sources say it's over 135,000 and one source says over 137,000 (worldometers.info/coronavirus). The US has had over three million confirmed cases including 66,281 new ones on Saturday when 811 more deaths were reported nationwide.
For the first time Saturday, President Donald Trump was seen wearing a mask as he visited wounded service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Former President Jimmy Carter & wife Rosalynn posted a photo of them wearing masks with the caption "Please wear a mask to save lives."
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