North Carolina reports more than 3,600 new COVID-19 cases

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NCDHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen during news conference on Nov. 20, 2020. (Photo: Pool)

NORTH CAROLINA (WWAY) — North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported 3,688 new COVID-19 cases, the fourth day in a row the state has reported more than 3,000 cases. Yesterday, the state reported a record increase in cases, with 4,296 cases recorded.

The state also reported 42,694 more tests completed Thursday. As of Wednesday, 8.3% of tests are positive. Though the percentage of positive tests was stabilizing around 7% for the second half of October, it has increased sharply to hover around 8% for the first half of November.

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Currently, 1,571 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, the highest number reported by the state. While it is hard to say if this is a record for hospitalizations because the state changed the way it reports hopsitalizations last week, it is an increase from the past few days.