NC sees highest one-day increase in new cases, surpasses 2,000 for the first time

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RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services on Friday reported the highest number of new cases so far in the pandemic — passing 2,000 new confirmed cases for the first time.

2,099 new cases were reported on Friday, as we go into the 4th of July weekend.

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The state also reported the highest number of hospitalizations ever with 951.

“Highest new case count, highest hospitalizations, highest percent positive since end of April,” Dr. Betsey Tilson tweeted on Friday. “Please be cautious this holiday weekend. No big groups, wear a face covering, wait 6 feet away, wash your hands.”

“We are seeing significant spread of the virus and it is very concerning,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen. “Today we have the highest reported day of new cases and hospitalizations – and that should be a warning to us all as we go into this holiday weekend. We don’t get a holiday from COVID-19. We all need to wear a face covering, avoid crowds and wash our hands often.”

Over the last three days, the state has completed more than 20,000 tests per day.

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