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COVID-19: Duplin County reports new deaths, hospitalizations down again

Here are the latest state COVID-19 updates.
Updated January 21st
Updated January 21st(NCDHHS)
Published: Nov. 23, 2020 at 12:50 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 22, 2021 at 5:18 PM EST
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) - Only one Eastern Carolina county reported new deaths Saturday, according to data from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

Duplin County added 11 new deaths since Friday, bringing the total to 97.

NCDHHS reports deaths for the entire state have increased by 122, with the total now at 8,585.

Total state cases gave grown by 7,181, with 712,716 total.

Hospitalizations have dropped again. 3,416 people are currently hospitalized, a decrease of 96 from Friday.

The highest case counts were in Pitt County with 140 new cases, Craven County with 57 new cases, and Beaufort County with 49 new cases.

COUNTYCASESDEATHS
Beaufort County3,61370
Bertie County1,47330
Carteret County3,59935
Craven County6,73093
Duplin County5,07597
Greene County1,83836
Hyde County5817
Jones County54524
Lenoir County4,37591
Martin County1,79230
Onslow County12,65799
Pamlico County7036
Pitt County14,59769
Tyrrell County2306
Washington County70221

JANUARY 22ND UPDATE

North Carolina hit another COVID-19 milestone on Friday, surpassing 700,000 cases.

The state Department of Health and Human Services said there were 7,436 new cases, bringing the total to 705,535.

Deaths from the virus continue to climb in the state as well.

DHHS said there were 125 more deaths, raising the statewide death toll to 8,464.

Late Friday afternoon, Onslow County confirmed three more deaths, bringing their death toll to 99.

Duplin County reported two additional deaths, raising their total deaths to 86, while Craven County saw its 93rd death and Washington County its 21st death from COVID-19.

There was some good news from DHHS. For the third day in a row, the number of people in the hospital dropped to 3,512.

JANUARY 21ST UPDATE

State health officials say 139 more North Carolinians have died from COVID-19.

DHHS said on Thursday that the death toll has reached 8,339, up from 8,200 on Wednesday.

That includes the 20th death for Washington County which was reported today.

The state’s total cases were just under 700,000, an increase of 7,187 since Wednesday.

And for the second day in a row, people hospitalized with the virus dropped in North Carolina. The latest figure stands at 3,666.

Five more COVID-19 deaths have occurred in Lenoir County, county health officials say.

All of the deaths happened since last Wednesday when the county announced five new deaths on that day as well.

The new deaths bring Lenoir County’s death toll to 91. All but one of the most recent deaths were residents over 65. The five all had underlying health conditions.

Onslow County said three more of its residents have died from COVID-19.

The county says two of the victims were over 65, while one was under 65. All three had underlying conditions, according to health officials.

The increase brings Onslow County’s death toll to 96.

The state Department of Health and Human Services said there have been 8,200 deaths across the state, an increase of 61 since Tuesday.

This as another 6,415 North Carolinians have tested positive for the virus.

According to numbers released from DHHS today, the total number of cases now stands at 690,912.

There are 3,740 North Carolinians in the hospital, which is the fewest since Jan. 3.

JANUARY 19TH UPDATE

An Eastern Carolina county confirmed three more deaths from the coronavirus on Tuesday.

Carteret County health officials say one resident was in the 60s, another in their 70s, and the third in their 80s. All three had preexisting health conditions.

The deaths bring to 35 the number of people who have died from the virus in the county.

The state Department of Health and Human Services says Tyrrell County had two new deaths, bringing the county’s death toll to six since the pandemic began.

DHHS said Duplin County also recorded another death. So far that county has had 84 deaths.

Statewide, the death toll has risen to 8,139.

DHHS also says hospitalizations are down slightly to 3,881, from a high of 3,992 last Wednesday.

North Carolina cases of COVID-19 now stand at 684,497, 4,058 more than the day before.

JANUARY 16TH UPDATE

North Carolina has surpassed 8,000 coronavirus deaths as of Saturday.

The state Department of Health and Human Services reported Saturday at noon, the state now has 8,016 deaths from Covid-19.

Several days this month the number of new deaths reached 100 or more in the state.

Late Friday afternoon, Onslow County confirmed two more deaths.

DHHS reported 659,826 total Covid-19 cases on Saturday.

Hospitalizations dropped to 3,895 Saturday, from the record of 3,990 set on Thursday.

JANUARY 14TH UPDATE

An Eastern Carolina county announced Thursday afternoon that it has had a half-dozen new deaths from COVID-19.

Lenoir County health officials say they now have had 86 deaths.

All six residents were over 65 and had underlying health conditions, according to the health department.

Earlier in the day, the state Department of Health and Human Services said there were 80 new deaths across the state. The statewide death toll now is 7,825.

Here in Eastern Carolina, Craven, Duplin, Pamlico, and Washington counties all reported one additional death from the virus.

The state reached a new record for COVID-19 hospitalizations. DHHS said there were 3,990 hospitalizations across the state, eight more than the day before.

North Carolina’s case count jumped by 9,853 on Thursday. The state now says there have been 650,926 positive cases to date.

JANUARY 13TH UPDATE

Onslow County announced four new deaths on Wednesday from the pandemic.

County officials say two of the victims were over the age of 65 and two were under 65. All four had underlying health conditions.

Lenoir and Pamlico counties also saw one new death each.

North Carolina had 107 new deaths on Wednesday as the country hit a new one-day high for deaths due to the coronavirus.

The state Department of Health and Human Services said there are now 7,745 deaths related to the virus. Johns Hopkins University is reporting the U.S. had more than 4,300 new deaths.

North Carolina saw 5,098 new cases on Wednesday, bringing the total to 641,073, while hospitalizations remained high at 3,951, up slightly from the day before.

JANUARY 12TH UPDATE

Five Eastern Carolina counties are reporting additional COVID-19 related deaths.

Jones County is reporting four additional deaths, bringing the death toll to 24.

In Martin County, two new deaths were reported, with the death toll now reaching 30 since the pandemic began.

Washington County also saw two more deaths according to health officials.

Craven and Duplin counties also reported one additional death.

Statewide, state health officials say there have now been 7,638 deaths, a jump of 60 since Monday.

The state also saw 6,851 new cases, bringing the total to 635,975.

Across the state, there are currently 3,940 people hospitalized with the virus.

JANUARY 11 UPDATE

North Carolina saw a sharp drop in the number of daily COVID-19 cases on Monday, though there were far fewer tests completed.

NCDHHS says that there were 5,936 cases over the last 24 hours. It shows a continued decline from the nearly 9 thousand on Sunday and the record-breaking 11 thousand on Saturday.

There were over 20 thousand fewer tests completed on Sunday which could account for fewer cases we’re seeing today.

There are 3,843 people hospitalized with the virus.

Our case total stands at nearly 630,000.

There have been 7,578 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

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After three consecutive days of having 10,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases a day, newly confirmed COVID-19 cases have dropped to 8,833 Sunday.

According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, there is a total of 623,188 confirmed Coronavirus cases in our state.

There have been 7,567 confirmed deaths from COVID-19, and there have been 7,498,343 completed tests.

There are currently 3,774 people hospitalized.

JANUARY 10TH UPDATE

COVID-19 cases for the state have grown another 11,581 cases since Friday.

Saturday’s data from the Department of Health and Human Services shows the total case count has now reached 614,335.

Three Eastern Carolina counties are reporting new deaths.

Duplin County now reports seven new deaths, bringing their total to 80.

Three new deaths were reported in Washington County, their total now at 16.

Onslow County also has one new reported death.

Cases continue to rise in counties in the East as well.

Onslow County leads with 166 new cases, Pitt County follows closely behind with 164 new cases, and Craven County rose another 126 as well.

Statewide, there are now 7,425 deaths, increasing from 97 since the day prior, according to NCDHHS.

Hospitalizations, however, have decrease

d by 89, with a total of 3,871.

JANUARY 8 UPDATE

Two Eastern Carolina counties saw troubling increases in the number of coronavirus deaths on Friday as the state had more than 100 new fatalities.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, Onslow County recorded seven new deaths, bringing their total to 81.

In neighboring Duplin County, there were six new fatalities. They now have 73 deaths.

Hyde County reported its sixth death on Friday, according to state health officials.

Statewide, there are now 7,328 deaths, an increase of 115 since Thursday’s report.

The statewide number of positive cases on Friday surpassed 600,000. DHHS said there are now 602,774 confirmed cases of the virus in North Carolina.

Hospitalizations continue their record-breaking trend as for the second day in a row there were 3,960 people in the hospital with the virus.

JANUARY 7TH UPDATE

The daily new case count for the pandemic soared to 10,398 in new data released today by state health officials.

The Department of Health and Human Services said the number of positive cases now stands at 592,746. The previous daily record for new cases was set on New Year’s Day with 9,527.

Several Eastern Carolina counties saw big increases such as Pitt County that had 257 new cases.

The number of people in the hospital also hit a new record with 3,960 across the state. That’s the 8th day in a row for record-breaking hospitalizations due to the virus.

Deaths also jumped on Thursday by 137. The new death toll has reached 7,213.

New deaths include 10 in Pasquotank County, four in Wilson County, and one each in Halifax and Nash counties.

JANUARY 6TH UPDATE

North Carolina’s death toll from the coronavirus soared past the 7,000 mark on Wednesday.

The state Department of Health and Human Services said there were 80 new deaths since Tuesday, bringing the statewide total to 7.076.

Among those are five new deaths reported in Pasquotank County, three in Onslow County, and one in Craven County.

The state also hit another milestone in hospitalizations due to the virus. DHHS said it was the seventh day in a row that a new record for people in the hospital with COVID-19. That number now reached 3,893. The previous day it was 3,781.

Cases also took another big jump in the state, with nearly 7,000 new cases since Tuesday. The statewide number of positive cases now stands at 582,348.

JANUARY 5TH UPDATE

People in the hospital with the coronavirus jumped by 138 in the latest numbers from state health officials.

The Department of Health and Human Services said there were 3,781 hospitalizations on Monday, compared to 3,635 on Sunday. That is the sixth day in a row for setting a new hospitalizations record.

DHHS also reports there were 55 additional deaths due to the virus. The statewide death toll now stands at 6,996.

Those include three new deaths in Craven County, two in both Onslow & Hertford counties, and one new death in Washington County.

Total positive cases now stand at 575,396, an increase of 5,285 since Monday.

JANUARY 4TH UPDATE

As two Eastern Carolina counties report new deaths on Monday, the statewide death toll from the coronavirus approaches 7,000.

Department of Health and Human Services statistics show there have been 6,941 deaths, an increase of 31 since Sunday.

Lenoir County reported two additional deaths, bringing their total to 74, while Wilson County’s total climbed to 109 with one new death.

The state also reported another record number of people in the hospital with the virus for the fifth day in a row. On Sunday, there were 3,635 hospitalizations, compared to 3,576 on Saturday.

Statewide there are 5,187 new cases on Monday, bringing the total to 570,111 people.

Cases in Pitt County surpassed the 12,000 mark over the weekend and now stand at 12,124.

The number of positive tests also reach a new high of 16.5% for the state. A month ago that figure was 10.0%. Some of the highest counties in our area are Beaufort County with a 15.4% positive rate, Bertie County at 17.3%, and Washington County at 16,6%.

JANUARY 2 UPDATE

According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, there have been 6,487 newly reported cases Sunday.

There were more than 9,000 new cases reported on Saturday.

The state’s total number of confirmed cases is 564,924

Hospitalizations have also reached a new record-high of 3,576

There have been 6,910 confirmed Coronavirus deaths.

Five counties in the east have reported new deaths.

Cases for the state have jumped 18,892 since New Year’s Eve.

Saturday’s data shows a total of 558,437 total cases, according to data from the state’s department of health and human services.

Hospitalizations have set a new record-high at 3,479.

Five counties are reporting new deaths.

Craven County added one new death from COVID-19.

Hertford, Onslow, and Washington Counties all report two new deaths.

And Halifax County has three additional deaths.

There was no data for Jan. 1 due to the holiday.

DECEMBER 31 UPDATE:

The state hit another record for the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19.

The state Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday that there were 3,472 hospitalizations on Wednesday.

The previous record was set Monday with 3,377 people hospitalized.

Several Eastern Carolina counties reported additional deaths on Thursday.

Wayne County had seven new deaths, while Carteret, Northampton, Onslow, and Pasquotank counties all reported one new death.

Statewide, the death toll now has reached 6,748 while total cases are 539,545.

DECEMBER 30 UPDATE

More deaths have been reported across Eastern Carolina, as COVID-19 cases rise across the state since the holidays.

Halifax County’s death toll reached 49 with the addition of four new fatalities reported on Wednesday.

Onslow County had three new deaths, bringing their total to 65.

Earlier Wednesday, WITN reported Beaufort County had another three deaths, totaling 62 people who have died from COVID-19. Craven County is reporting 83 deaths and Edgecombe County health officials have added three to total 89 deaths.

Martin County health officials are reporting the county’s 28th death, while Wilson County health officials are reporting four new deaths, bringing the county’s death toll to 108.

Statewide, deaths have now reached 6,729, an increase of 155 since Tuesday.

Total cases now stand at 532,830, while hospitalizations dropped slightly to 3,339.

DECEMBER 29 UPDATE

There are another 162 people in the hospital with the coronavirus, while two area counties report new deaths from the virus.

The state Department of Health and Human Services said there are now 3,377 hospitalizations in the state, compared to 3,215 reported on Monday.

This is the third day in a row that a new hospitalization record has been set in the state.

North Carolina now has 6,574 deaths due to the virus.

Here in Eastern Carolina, both Lenoir County and Northampton County health officials are reporting two new deaths in their counties.

Late Tuesday, Lenoir County said one of their deaths was over 65 and the other was under 65. Both had underlying health conditions.

The two new deaths raise Lenoir County’s death toll from the virus to 72.

Overall cases in the state stand at 524,279, an increase of 3,215 since Monday.

DECEMBER 28 UPDATE

A record number of people are in the hospital with COVID-19 after the Christmas holiday.

The state Department of Health and Human Services reported Monday there were 3,192 hospitalizations on Sunday across the state. The previous record was the day after Christmas with 3,128.

DHHS said of the state’s ICU beds, 1,982 were being used, 433 were empty staffed, while 1,072 or either unreported or unstaffed.

Today cases hit 520,716 with 3,888 new cases being reported, while deaths in North Carolina reached 6,561.

DECEMBER 27TH UPDATE

Two Eastern Carolina counties have reported new deaths from COVID-19.

Onslow County added three additional deaths and 39 new cases, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

Wayne County reported eight new deaths also, bringing their total to 145.

Cases for the state have now reached 516,828; this, a 2,898 jump from Saturday.

Sunday’s numbers from the NCDHHS also showed 3,123 people are currently hospitalized. That’s an increase of 100 since the day prior.

DECEMBER 26TH UPDATE

The case count for the entire state has now reached 513,930.

Data from the NC Department of Health and Human Services shows hospitalizations have risen to 3,023 in the first update since Dec. 23.

Multiple counties are reporting new deaths from COVID-19 since Wednesday.

Halifax, Hertford, Lenoir, Nash, and Onslow Counties each report one new death.

Duplin and Herford have two additional deaths.

Pasquotank County added five new deaths.

And Wayne County reports eight new deaths—all of this within the last three days.

DECEMBER 23 UPDATE:

It’s been another record-breaking day for hospitalizations as North Carolina holds over the 3,000 mark.

DHHS says that 3,043 people receiving care in our hospitals for the virus.

In the last 24 hours, we saw another 5,600 confirmed cases of the virus.

Our total is approaching 500,000 with over 494,000 since the start of the pandemic.

There have been 6,360 deaths associated with the virus in our state.

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Nearly all of the state’s 100 counties have reached substantial or critical community spread.

NCDHHS says that 90% of the state’s counties are designated as orange or red.

The County Alert System is color-coded and based on case rates, the percent of tests that are positive, and hospital impact within the county.

Several Eastern Carolina counties graduated to more serious categories.

Duplin, Pender, Craven, Beaufort, Pitt, Martin, Nash, Camden, and Currituck counties moved to red indicating critical.

Lenoir, Carteret, and Dare counties moved up to orange indicating substantial.

Hospitalizations continue to dramatically climb in North Carolina surpassing the 3,000 mark.

The latest update from DHHS shows that there are 3,001 people receiving care for COVID-19 in our state.

North Carolina logged another 5,255 cases of the virus in the last 24 hours.

There have been over 488 thousand cases and 6,291 deaths since the pandemic began.

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Wilson County health officials are reporting two more COVID-19 related deaths.

The death toll in the county surpassed earlier 100 this week and is now at 102. There are currently 489 people isolating in the county and an estimated 4,506 recoveries.

DECEMBER 21 UPDATE:

The number of daily new cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina fell below five thousand for the first time in a week.

DHHS says that there were 4,479 new cases of the virus since Sunday.

The number of people hospitalized sits at 2,817.

There have been 483,647 total cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina with 6,240 deaths.

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More deaths have been reported across Eastern Carolina right before the holidays.

Martin County health officials are reporting an additional death, bringing the total to 27 deaths. The county says there are an estimated 926 recoveries and 220 active cases.

In Nash County, the death toll is now at 117. There are currently 1,881 people isolating at home with the virus. More than 3,400 people in the county have recovered from the virus.

Wilson County reached its 100 death and Wayne County’s death toll is now at 135.

DECEMBER 19 UPDATE

North Carolina has seen a spike in Coronavirus cases Sunday.

The newly reported numbers from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services suggest that cases have risen nearly 10.6 percent.

The total number of Coronavirus cases in North Carolina is 479,168 with 6,900 newly reported cases overnight.

There have been 6,224 confirmed deaths from COVID-19.

Hospitalizations have decreased by 98 people from Saturday to 2,748 people, a new record high.

DECEMBER 19 UPDATE

Four Eastern Carolina counties are reporting new deaths from COVID-19.

According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Gates and Currituck County have one new death.

Pitt County has five additional coronavirus deaths, and Wilson County reports three new deaths.

Total cases for the state have reached 472,268.

The hospitalization record has reached another record-high with 2,846 people being treated, 22 higher than Friday.

The highest case jump was in Pitt County, with 140. Next, Onslow County’s cases increased by 128, and, lastly, Craven County rose another 83 cases

DECEMBER 18 UPDATE:

Single-day cases of COVID-19 exploded to a record high on Friday.

NCDHHS says that there were 8,444 new cases of COVID-19 in the state, doubling a record day reported just one month ago on November 19th when we saw over 42 hundred cases.

There is also another record number of hospitalizations with 2,824 people being treated for the virus.

There have been over 466 thousand cases of the virus in North Carolina.

Over 61 hundred people have died from COVID-19 in the state since the start of the pandemic.

Pitt County has surpassed 10,000 cases of the virus.

Duplin County is reporting two more deaths while Pamlico and Currituck counties are reporting one more.

DECEMBER 17 UPDATE:

North Carolina reached another grim milestone on Thursday, surpassing 6,000 deaths from COVID-19.

The state Department of Health and Human Services reported there were 86 new deaths, bringing the death toll to 6,065.

Among those new deaths were five more in Pitt County, which now has 64 residents who have died from the virus. Onslow County’s total went to 57 after two more deaths. Wayne County reported two more deaths as well, while Halifax, Hertford, and Pasquotank counties each had one more.

North Carolina also set another new record for the number of people in the hospital with the virus. DHHS said that tally now is 2,804, up from 2,798 on Wednesday.

Cases in the state also jumped Thursday, to 457,660. That’s a 5,786 increase since the day before.

DECEMBER 16TH UPDATE

The state set another record for the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19.

The state Department of Health and Human Resources late Wednesday morning said there were 2,811 hospitalizations, up from 2,735 on Tuesday.

Deaths across the state took a big increase, with 98 new fatalities reported on Wednesday. Statewide the death toll now stands at 5,979.

Those include three new deaths in Onslow County and two more in both Craven and Chowan counties.

These counties also reported an additional death:

  • Bertie County
  • Camden County
  • Halifax County
  • Martin County
  • Nash County
  • Northampton County
  • Pasquotank County
  • Washington County
  • Wayne County

There are now 451,874 positive cases in the state, an increase of 5,273 from the day before.

DECEMBER 15TH UPDATE

North Carolina set another record for the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19.

The state Department of Health and Human Services said there are currently 2,735 hospitalizations, compared to 2,554 on Monday.

Cases across the state jumped by 5,236 on Tuesday. The total now stands at 446,601.

There were 26 new deaths from the virus, bringing the death toll to 5,881. That includes additional deaths in Carteret and Halifax counties.

DECEMBER 14TH UPDATE

Several Eastern Carolina counties saw multiple new deaths from the coronavirus on Monday.

Late Monday, Greene County health officials said four more residents died from the virus. That brings their total to 36.

Onslow County reported three new deaths, while Craven, Martin, and Washington counties all reported one new death each on Monday.

The state is back to record-setting hospitalizations after a one-day drop.

DHHS says 2,553 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in our state, a new record.

The state saw 10 straight days of hospitalization records before they dropped to 2,527 on Sunday.

North Carolina saw 4,770 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the total in the state to over 441,000.

There have been 5,855 deaths from the virus.

As COVID-19 vaccinations are expected to begin across the country, more deaths are reported across Eastern Carolina.

More cases have been reported in Dare County. According to health leaders, there have been 1,267 cases.

In Nash County, the death toll is now at 115. County health leaders say there have been 5,122 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, with an estimated 3,260 recoveries.

Northampton County health leaders are reporting an additional COVID-19 related death, bringing the total to 50 in the county. There are 68 active cases in the county, with an estimated 817 recoveries, according to county health leaders.

Four more deaths have been reported in Wilson County, bringing the total to 94.

DECEMBER 13 UPDATE

COVID-19 numbers continue to climb in North Carolina.

On Sunday, NCDHHS reported 6,819 new cases of the coronavirus.

There are 5,823 deaths in the state attributed to the virus, up from 5,752 Saturday.

2,520 North Carolinians are hospitalized with COVID-19.

New deaths in the east were reported in Beaufort (2), Halifax (1), Onslow (2), Pamlico (1) and Wayne (3) counties.

DECEMBER 12 UPDATE

Daily new cases of the coronavirus shattered the previous record with 7,540 reported on Friday.

DHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen called the numbers “staggering and alarming.”

Total cases in the state have now reached 429,776 while hospitalizations also hit a new record high of 2,577.

The record numbers come the same day a statewide 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew begins.

Eastern Carolina’s two largest counties saw huge increases since Thursday. Onslow County reported 222 new cases, while Pitt County saw an additional 170 cases.

Deaths in the state from the virus also crept up to 5,752.

Northampton County reported five new deaths, Wayne County with three, Halifax with two, while Craven, Edgecombe, and Pitt counties saw one new death apiece.

DECEMBER 10 UPDATE

For the eighth day in a row, North Carolina set a new record for the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19.

DHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen said this morning that she is “very worried about recent trends”.

There are now 2,444 people in the hospital with the virus.

While the state’s hospitals are able to manage capacity now, Cohen is concerned about where we’ll be in two to three weeks.

Cases took another big jump in numbers released Thursday morning. There are now 416,083 positive cases, an increase of 5,556 over the day before.

New cases in Pitt County continue to climb, with that number now surpassing 9,000.

In the latest data, the state saw 53 more deaths, and now the statewide death toll stands at 5,714.

The following counties reported one new death each on Thursday:

  • Currituck County
  • Nash County
  • Pasquotank County
  • Wayne County

DECEMBER 9 UPDATE

North Carolina set two more records on Wednesday for the Coronavirus pandemic.

The state Department of Health and Human Services says there are 6,495 new cases which is a new daily record high. There are now 410,527 people with the virus in the state.

A new record of 2,440 has also been set for the number of people in the hospital with the virus.

The state also saw 56 more deaths from COVID-19. That number now stands at 5,661 across the state.

Lenoir, Northampton, and Onslow counties reported new deaths on Wednesday.

DECEMBER 8TH UPDATE:

Nearly half of the state’s 100 counties are now in the critical category for the pandemic.

A new map released Tuesday afternoon has 48 counties as red or critical, while another 34 are orange or substantial for community spread. That means 80% of the counties are now either red or orange.

Here in Eastern Carolina, those red counties include Bertie, Edgecombe, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Onslow, Pasquotank, Perquimans, and Wilson counties.

Hospitalizations for the virus jumped by another hundred in the last 24-hours as concerns about hospitals being overwhelmed mount.

The Department of Health and Human Services says that 2,373 people are hospitalized with the virus.

That’s the 6th straight day of record-setting numbers. It’s 126 more people from Thursday in our hospitals.

It comes as medical leaders in Eastern Carolina have voiced their concerns about the trends they are seeing.

The state added more than 4,600 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours bringing our total to over 404,000.

5,605 people have died from the virus in our state.

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Three Eastern Carolina counties are reporting additional COVID-19 related deaths, as hospitalizations across the state continue to rise.

Beaufort County’s death toll is now at 56, according to health officials.

In Edgecombe County, another person died from complications related to the virus, marking the county’s 81st death. Health officials say there are 234 active cases in the county and there have been 2,378 recoveries.

Nash County health officials are also reporting an additional COVID-19 related death.

The most recent death reported Tuesday brings the county’s death toll to 113. County health officials say there are currently 26 people hospitalized with the virus, 1,618 isolated at home. There have been a total of 3,108 estimated recoveries since the pandemic began.

Across the state, there have been 399,362 cases, while statewide deaths stand at 5,560.

DECEMBER 7 UPDATE

An Eastern Carolina county announced late Monday afternoon that four more residents have died from the coronavirus.

Greene County health officials say the additional deaths raise their total to 32.

The county said they also saw 26 new positive cases on Monday.

Craven County announced that two more of its residents have died. Both victims had underlying health conditions, according to the health department.

Carteret County had its 22nd death, while Pamlico County added its fourth death due to the pandemic.

Wayne County had one more death on Monday, with their death toll at 120 residents.

Monday was another record-breaking day for the virus.

The Department of Health and Human Services reported there were 2,240 people in the hospital with the virus. On Sunday that number stood at 2,198.

Monday’s number was the fifth record day in a row for hospitalizations in the state.

The state also saw 4,372 new cases, bringing that total to 399,362, while statewide deaths stand at 5,560.

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North Carolina has exceeded a new high in coronavirus cases for the third time in about a week.

The state’s Department of Health and Human Services reports a case increase of 6,438, topping Saturday’s previous record.

Hospitalizations have increased again, now at 2,191 for Sunday.

Pitt County leads the East in case increases and deaths this weekend, according to NCDHHS data, though, new deaths have been reported in four Eastern Carolina counties.

Pitt County added six new deaths, bringing the total to 58.

One additional death from COVID-19 has also been reported in Bertie, Halifax, and Nash Counties.

Three counties have surpassed 100 in case increases.

Pitt County leads with an increase of 186. Onslow County rises another 131 cases. And Craven County has increased by 103.

DECEMBER 5 UPDATE:

In less than a week, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reporting another day of record cases.

Our state has exceeded 6,000 cases in one day, bringing our state total to 388,552 for Saturday.

NCDHHS reports record numbers of hospitalizations as well, now reaching 2,171.

New deaths were reported in two counties.

Pitt County has three additional deaths, bringing their total to 52. And another death was reported in Wayne County; their county leads the East with deaths from COVID-19 at 119.

DECEMBER 4 UPDATE:

For the second day in a row, North Carolina hospitalizations due to COVID-19 climbed to a new record.

The state Department of Health and Human Services reported Friday there were 2,157 people in the hospital with the virus, up from 2,090 on Thursday.

DHHS statistics also show for the second consecutive day there were over 5,000 new cases in the state.

New cases hit 5,303 on Friday, bringing the total to 382,534.

Deaths on Friday continued to climb, as well. There are now 5,467 deaths attributed to the virus, a jump of 57 since Thursday.

Here in Eastern Carolina, seven counties are reporting additional COVID-19 related deaths.

  • Beaufort County - 1 new death - 55 total
  • Craven County - 1 new death - 74 total
  • Hertford County - 1 new death - 42 total
  • Northampton County - 1 new death - 36 total
  • Onslow County - 1 new death - 45 total
  • Pitt County - 1 new death - 49 total
  • Wilson County - 1 new death - 86 total

DECEMBER 3 UPDATE

North Carolina set another record for the number of new cases in a single day for COVID-19.

The Department of Health and Human Services said on Thursday there were 5,637 new cases across the state. That is the first time the state has seen that number reach 5,000.

It comes exactly one week after Thanksgiving, as state health officials feared there would be a post-holiday surge of the virus.

There have now been 377,231 confirmed cases of the virus in North Carolina.

Also on Thursday, the state reached another record for the number of patients in the hospital with COVID-19. That number reached 2,101.

Deaths also increased, with 44 new deaths bringing the state’s death toll to 5,410.

Eight counties in Eastern Carolina reported more COVID-19 deaths on Thursday morning.

Dare, Edgecombe Gates, Greene, Nash, Northampton, Wayne, and Wilson counties are reporting more deaths.

Beaufort County reported 46 new active cases Wednesday, which is the second-highest number of cases reported in one day in the county since the pandemic began.

Overall, state health officials are reporting there have been 371,594 cases of COVID-19 across North Carolina.

Here are the numbers as of Thursday afternoon:

DECEMBER 2ND UPDATE:

The death toll now stands at 5,366 victims.

DHHS also said that the number of people in the hospital set a new high with 2,039. For the past six days, the state has been setting new records for hospitalizations as that number continues to climb.

Meanwhile, two Eastern Carolina counties each reported two new deaths.

Craven County health officials say one death happened on November 21st and the other on November 30th. Both victims had underlying health conditions.

The state Department of Health and Human Services says there were also two additional deaths in Greene County.

Other counties to see new deaths on Wednesday were Carteret, Duplin, Nash, Onslow, and Wilson.

Cases across the state also took a jump of 4,199, raising the total to 371,594 since the pandemic began.

DECEMBER 1ST UPDATE

Lenoir County reported three additional COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday.

County health officials say the residents were all older than 65 and had underlying health conditions.

The new deaths bring Lenoir County’s death toll to 57.

Late Tuesday afternoon, Bertie County reported another death of a resident. They say the person, who was over 65, was connected to an outbreak at the Brian Center in Windsor. State records show there have been 33 cases and one resident death at that nursing home.

The state Department of Health and Human Services said hospitalizations surpassed 2,000 for the first time. New data showed 2,033 people in the hospital with the virus, compared to 1,956 on Monday.

Tuesday was the fifth day in a row for record hospitalizations in the state.

There have now been 367,395 people test positive for the virus in the state, a jump of 2,883 since the day before.

Deaths now stand at 5,284. Those include new ones reported in Craven, Onslow, and Wayne counties.

NOVEMBER 30TH UPDATE

COVID-19 hospitalizations in North Carolina have set yet another record.

The state is reporting 1,966 people hospitalized with the virus. That’s up 87 cases from yesterday’s record numbers.

The number of daily cases logged Monday dropped to 2,734. The state’s total number of cases is at 364,512.

There have been 5,261 deaths from COVID-19 in North Carolina since the pandemic started.

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There have been more than 361,000 COVID cases reported across the state, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

State health officials say there are 1,885 people hospitalized with the virus and there have been 5,240 confirmed deaths due to COVID-19.

Multiple Eastern Carolina counties reported new COVID-19 related deaths in the days leading up to Thanksgiving.

In Carteret County, two new deaths were reported last week, bringing the total to 20 in the county. Of the county’s 1,808 positive cases, 242 are active, according to health officials.

Lenoir County health officials also reported an additional death ahead of Thanksgiving, bringing the death toll to 54 in the county. There are currently 150 active cases in the county.

Pitt County logged four more deaths since Wednesday.

Health experts are anticipating a surge in cases following the Thanksgiving holiday.

NOVEMBER 29 UPDATE

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has released its new COVID-19 numbers on Sunday.

There are currently 361,778 confirmed coronavirus cases in North Carolina

There are 1,885 people hospitalized with the virus.

There have been 5,240 confirmed deaths due to COVID-19.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has released its new COVID-19 numbers on Saturday.

The figures released Saturday show there were 3,444 new cases reported.

The new number brings the overall total in the state to over 357,000.

There are 1,840 people hospitalized with the virus compared to the 1,800 on Thursday.

There have also been 72 new deaths since Wednesday bringing the death toll to over 5,200.

Pitt County logged 4 more deaths since Wednesday and logged 45 more cases for a total of 7,816.

Duplin, Onslow counties reported an additional death.

NOVEMBER 27TH UPDATE

Carteret County is reporting an additional COVID-19 related death as hospitalizations across the state reach record highs.

Health officials in Carteret County say one more patient died from complications related to the virus, bringing the death toll to 20. The patient was in their 80′s and had preexisting health conditions, according to health officials.

There are currently 242 active cases in Carteret County, with an estimated 1,546 recoveries.

In Dare County, cases topped 1,000. Health leaders say there have now been 1,008 positive cases reported in the county, with 46 new cases reported this week.

Onslow County has seen more than 100 new positive cases this week and Pitt County has reported more than 60.

Across the state, there are currently 1,811 hospitalizations. For the past two weeks, hospitalizations from the virus have been on a rapid increase.

NOVEMBER 25TH UPDATE

For the second day in a row, the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 shattered the previous day’s record.

The state Department of Health and Human Services said there are now 1,811 hospitalizations, 87 more than on Tuesday.

For the past two weeks, hospitalizations from the virus have been on a rapid increase, setting new records each day last week, as well as on Tuesday.

Also on Wednesday, DHHS announced another 64 people died while there were 4,212 new cases reported.

North Carolina’s death toll is now at 5,138 and the number of positive cases stands at 346,506.

Wayne County reported two new deaths, bringing its total to 112.

NOVEMBER 24TH UPDATE

North Carolina set a new record on Tuesday for COVID-19 hospitalizations, shattering one just set on Monday.

The state Department of Health and Human Services said 1,724 people are in the hospital with the virus. On Monday that number stood at 1,601.

New cases continue to spike in the state as well. DHHS said 3,100 new cases were reported on Tuesday, bringing the total to 342,294.

The state death toll from the virus now stands at 5,074.

Bertie County reported two new deaths on Tuesday, bringing the county’s total to 24. Just the day before the state changed the county’s COVID-19 alert status from orange to red.

Nash County also saw two more deaths, while Gates and Northampton counties each reported one additional death.

NOVEMBER 23 UPDATE

An Eastern Carolina county confirmed two more deaths, while the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 set a new record in North Carolina on Monday.

Late Monday afternoon, Greene County health officials said two more of their residents have died from the virus. The county now has 24 deaths and reported 19 new positive cases on Monday.

The state Department of Health and Human Services said there were 1,601 people in the hospital with the virus, a jump of 30 since Sunday.

DHHS said there were now 339,194 confirmed cases in the state, a 2,419 increase since the day before.

Deaths also increased to 5,039. Those new deaths included one in Craven County and another in Halifax County.