NC marks one year since first COVID case

By on March 3, 2021

March 3, 2021 marks exactly one year since the first case of COVID-19 was reported in North Carolina. Since then, the state has officially reported more than 860,000 cases (it’s impossible to know how many cases went undetected) and more than 11,000 people have succumbed to the virus. While there is currently hope that the nation is finally turning the corner on the pandemic, it would have been hard to predict the extent and breadth of its impact one year ago.

Today, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported 2,145 new cases and 75 additional deaths since yesterday. The hospitalization numbers continue to fall and are now barely above 1,300 (1,303). The percentage of positive tests reported today increased modestly, to 6.1%.

Dare County

The Dare County Department of Health and Human Services reported 5 cases of COVID-19 on March 3. That brings the total number of cases reported here in the past year to 2,789. In that period, 14 county residents have succumbed to the virus.

Today’s statewide NC coronavirus numbers

Link to COVID-19 North Carolina Dashboard

  • Total reported NC cases – 865,554
  • New cases reported today – 2,145
  • Reported deaths – 11,363 (75 more than yesterday)
  • Currently hospitalized 1,303 (50 less than yesterday)
  • Suspected COVID-19 cases hospitalized in past 24 hours – 204 (up 37 from yesterday)
  • Confirmed COVID-19 case hospitalized in past 24 hours – 143 (same as yesterday
  • Adults in ICU with COVID-19 – 332 (down 2 since yesterday)
  • Patients presumed to be recovered – 819,839
  • Reported cases in Dare, Currituck and Hyde Counties – 4,809 (Dare 2,789, Currituck 1,381, Hyde 639)
  • Completed tests – 10,341,299
  • Daily percent positive tests – 6.1%
  • Vaccine doses administered – 2,575,019

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.








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