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Critical coronavirus spread in nearly half of North Carolina counties before expected holiday surge

Get the latest COVID-19 updates from Gov. Roy Cooper and the state task force, health departments, universities, school districts, and more in this story. We’ll put North Carolina’s COVID-19 numbers in context for you, and explain what it could mean for the reopening process. Call the North Carolina Coronavirus Hotline at 866-462-3821 or 2-1-1 for immediate questions.  

Critical COVID-19 spread in nearly half of counties, even before expected holiday surge

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2020

Noon — North Carolina has had 520,716 coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Hospitalizations reached a record high again Monday and have stayed above 3,000 since December 21. Case numbers today and yesterday were the lowest in about a month. However, it should be noted that fewer people got tested over the Christmas holiday weekend. 

It’s too early to see a direct correlation between Christmas gatherings and COVID spread, as symptoms typically appear between 5-7 days after possible exposure. Then, it can take a few more days for a test result. 

Nearly half of all North Carolina counties have ‘critical’ spread, per the last county update on December 22. The state is still in phase 1a of vaccine distribution. This phase includes health care workers and long-term care staff and residents. We will get a new vaccine report on Tuesday. 

Statewide numbers: 

  • Total cases (including recoveries): 520,716
  • Hospitalizations: 3,192
  • Total deaths: 6,561
  • Total tests: 6.77M
  • Percent positive: 14.7%
  • Average testing turnaround time: 3 days

County  breakdown:

  • Alamance: 10,120 cases, 117 deaths
  • Davidson: 8,361 cases, 77 deaths
  • Davie: 2,010 cases, 13 deaths
  • Forsyth: 19,947 cases, 221 deaths
  • Guilford: 23,810 cases, 308 deaths
  • Randolph: 7,753 cases, 118 deaths
  • Rockingham: 4,324 cases, 25 deaths
  • Surry: 4,251 cases, 63 deaths
  • Wilkes: 3,745 cases, 69 deaths
  • Yadkin: 2,310 cases, 28 deaths

FACTS NOT FEAR

Remember facts, not fear when talking about the coronavirus. You should take the safety measures recommended by health leaders to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Abide by the three W’s. That means wearing a mask, washing your hands, and waiting at least six feet from another person. You also want to avoid touching your face and make sure to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw it away.

WHERE YOU GET INFORMATION ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS IS IMPORTANT

It is important to make sure the information you are getting about the coronavirus is coming directly from reliable sources like the CDC and NCDHHS. Be careful not to spread misinformation about coronavirus on social media. 

For more information visit the CDC OR NCDHHS website. 

NC CORONAVIRUS HOTLINE 

The state also has a special hotline set up where you can call 866-462-3821 for more information on the coronavirus. You can also submit questions online at ncpoisoncontrol.org or select chat to talk with someone about the virus.

You can also text keyword VIRUS to WFMY News 2 at 336-379-5775 for the latest.

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