By Outer Banks Voice on December 2, 2020
During a Dec. 1 press conference that focused largely on plans for distributing a COVID vaccine, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper was asked whether the state might, in the interim, have to re-introduce some of the restrictions that had been lifted to fight the current surge of COVID in the state. While making it clear that he did not want to “go backwards” and re-impose restrictions, Cooper also noted that “all options are on the table.”
It’s days like today that make a rollback seem like a possibility as the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported a grim series of numbers on Dec. 2. The 4,119 new cases reported today is not a record high, it reflects one of a handful of times that the daily total has exceeded 4,000 cases. The number of deaths reported today, 5,366, adds 82 fatalities to yesterday’s reported death toll.
The number of people currently hospitalized with COVID, is 2,039, which is a record high. And the percentage of positive tests out of all test administered reported today has skyrocketed to 11.4%. (By way of comparison, one month ago, the positive test rate was hovering around 6%.)
Note: Every morning, the NC Department of Health and Human Services posts updates the number of reported cases of coronavirus. That number reflects positive results from all tests, including the NC State Laboratory of Public Health and all hospital and commercial labs. There may be other reports, from the media and elsewhere, that will include different numbers during a given day, but this is an effective way of tracking numbers from the same source on a day-to-day basis.
SOURCE: NC DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
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