For the 10th time in June, North Carolina reached a new record for COVID-19 hospitalizations. The state's latest report from the Department of Health and Human Services shows 857 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, an increase of 11 from Wednesday.
There are now at least 48,188 cases (an increase of 1,333 from Wednesday) and 1,175 deaths (up seven) in North Carolina. The positive test rate is at 9%, a slight increase compared to Wednesday's 8%. Dr. Mandy Cohen said last week that the goal is to be around 5%. According to NCDHHS, 80% of inpatient hospital beds are occupied while 78% of ICU beds are occupied with 88% of hospitals across the state reporting.
693,678 tests have been completed in the state since the beginning of the pandemic. According to NCDHHS, 21,720 have been reported in the last 24 hours. NCDHHS also updated it's numbers from Wednesday to add more than 4,000 completed tests -- making the total for Wednesday 20,537.
At least testing is becoming more accessible.
Here's a list of testing sites around central North Carolina
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