RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — Public leaders reported more than 17,000 new COVID-19 cases in North Carolina over the past week — an increase of about 5,000 from the previous seven days.
The state Department of Health and Human Services also said Wednesday that the running number of patents in hospitals rose 10 percent from April 30 to May 7 — the latest day for which data was reported.
These increases in cases and hospitalizations are the latest signs that North Carolina is in the midst of another surge.
State health officials update their COVID-19 dashboard every Wednesday with data covering the seven-day period ending this past Saturday.
The addition of 17,092 new cases from May 1-7 includes more than 3,000 on May 2, which were the strongest in a single day since February 16.
The state recorded an average of 2,442 new cases per day this week, its highest seven-day average since Feb. 22.
The running count of patients in hospitals hit 458 on both May 4 and 5 last week – the largest such number since March 29.
As of May 7, 442 patients were in hospitals, an increase of 42 — or 10 percent — from the April 30 total.
Among the seven key metrics the state is focusing on, NCDHHS reported a slight increase in the number of COVID particles in wastewater and a steady rate at which people are visiting emergency rooms for COVID-like symptoms, again accounting for 3 percent of those visits.
NCDHHS also reported a total of 24,588 deaths, up 12 from last week.
The agency also says 54 percent of vaccinated people in the state have received at least one booster dose — a one-point increase from last week.
vaccine dose count
(since May 4th)
6,011 first doses
4,779 second doses
486 single-shot J&J cans
35,781 booster doses
47,057 total doses
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