COVID-19 Cases In North Carolina Now Over 8,000

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With 444 additional COVID-19 cases reported in North Carolina on Friday, the total in the state is now 8,052. State health officials reported another 16 deaths, for a total of 269. The number of hospitalizations declined slightly. There were 9 fewer than Thursday, with a total of 477. More than 100,000 coronavirus tests have now been completed in North Carolina.

Mecklenburg County health officials on Friday reported 1,400 positive cases of coronavirus and 37 deaths. They say about 3 in 4 cases were adults between 20 and 59 years old. Three cases were among children less than a year old. About 1 in 5 reported cases were hospitalized due to their COVID-19 infection.

Officials say almost all deaths were among older adults (60 and older) with underlying chronic illnesses. In Mecklenburg County there are 8 long-term care facilities actively experiencing outbreaks of COVID-19.

Nationwide the number of COVID-19 related deaths has now exceeded 50,000. There are nearly 900,000 cases in the U.S. New York has over 263,000 confirmed cases, more than 2.5 times that of New Jersey, which reports around 100,000 cases. On their other end of the spectrum, Alaska has the fewest coronavirus cases with just over 300.