NC Patients hospitalized with COVID-19 Climbs Above 900

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Here are the latest updates about COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in North Carolina.

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported 1,186 new COVID-19 cases and 18 more deaths as the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 climbed above 900.

Currently, 908 people are in the hospital with COVID-19, with 90% of hospitals reporting their patient populations. That's 65 more people than yesterday, but it is down from 915 a week ago. Two weeks ago hospitals reported caring for 829 COVID-19 patients.

According to NCDHHS, 28% of all inpatient beds and 25% of all Intensive Care Unit beds are currently available. Ventilators are still widely available, with only 24% of the state's supply currently in use.

Health officials reported 18,676 tests Tuesday. Nine percent of tests were positive, a figure that has remained roughly stable throughout the month of June between 8% and 10%. However, DHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen has previously said she would like to see that number drop to 5%.

To date, the state has reported 64,670 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases, 1,343 deaths and 910,033 completed tests. That is an increase of 35,407 cases, 445 deaths and 488,125 completed tests since June 1.

While the raw numbers of tests completed and positive COVID-19 cases returned has jumped significantly in June, the rate of positive tests per test completed remained steady.

Plus, fewer people died of COVID-19 in June than in May, despite the significant increase in COVID-19 positive cases and hospitalizations.

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