COVID-19: Hospitalizations continue upward trend

Here are the latest state COVID-19 updates.
Updated April 16, 2021
Updated April 16, 2021(DHHS)
Published: Apr. 12, 2021 at 2:34 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 20, 2021 at 5:50 PM EDT
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) - The number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 continues its upward trend.

For the past 10 days, hospitalizations have increased in North Carolina. It now stands at 1,170, the highest since March 5th.

The state Department of Health and Human Services said there were 19 new deaths in the state, including two additional in Duplin County. The statewide death toll now is at 12,437.

DHHS also said the total number of cases has reached 950,566, an increase of 1,200 on Tuesday.

Beaufort County4,47294
Bertie County1,72744
Carteret County4,96147
Craven County9,094123
Duplin County6,119130
Greene County2,24746
Hyde County6568
Jones County80818
Lenoir County5,750116
Martin County2,20640
Onslow County16,064142
Pamlico County1,10413
Pitt County18,85086
Tyrrell County3146
Washington County1,04231


North Carolina saw 31 new COVID-19 deaths over the weekend.

The state Department of Health and Human Services said the death toll now stands at 12,418.

Also on Monday, DHHS said there were 1,380 new cases today, 1,955 on Sunday, and 2,338 on Saturday. The state no longer updates COVID-19 statistics over the weekend.

Statewide there are 949,366 lab-confirmed cases of the virus.


One in three adults in North Carolina are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The state Department of Health and Human Services said so far there have been more than 6.2 million doses of vaccine given out and 33.3% of those 18+ are now fully vaccinated.

Also on Friday, the number of new cases continues a nearly two-week rise, according to state health officials.

DHHS said the rolling seven-day average for new cases has been increasing since April 4th.

On Friday, there were 2,475 additional cases, bringing the total to 943,693.

The death toll in the state now stands at 12,387, with 28 new deaths since Thursday.


North Carolina saw another day of having more than 2,000 new coronavirus cases on Thursday.

The state Department of Health and Human Services reports 2,434 additional cases, up from 2,359 on Wednesday. This, as the percentage of positive tests actually dropped Thursday to just above 5%.

There are now a total of 941,218 lab-confirmed cases in the state.

DHHS said deaths increased by 34 on Thursday, reaching 12,359. One of those was in Craven County which has now had 123 deaths.

The state says total hospitalizations due to the virus remain steady at 1,020.


Beaufort County saw four additional deaths on Wednesday due to COVID-19.

The new deaths, reported by the state Department of Health and Human Services, bring the county’s death toll to 94. Craven County also had another death, raising its total to 122.

Across the state, there have now been 12,325 deaths, an increase of 21 since Tuesday.

DHHS said new coronavirus cases jumped by 2,359. There have now been a total of 938,784 lab-confirmed cases in North Carolina.


Nearly six million doses of vaccine have been given out so far in North Carolina.

The state Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday said 5,965,026 total doses have been administered.

Almost a third of adults in the state are now fully vaccinated, while 41.5% have had at least one shot.

On Tuesday there were 1,364 new cases of the virus across the state, raising the total to 936,425.

DHHS reported only 14 new deaths in the state, with that total now standing at 12,304.


Three Eastern Carolina counties saw additional deaths from COVID-19 over the weekend.

The state Department of Health and Human Services reported both Jones & Pamlico counties saw two deaths each, while Onslow County reported one new death.

The deaths raise the total for Jones County to 18, 142 for Onslow County, and 13 in Pamlico County.

DHHS says there were 42 new deaths since their last report on Friday, bringing the total statewide to 12,290.

Nearly a third of the people in the state have had at least one of their vaccination shots, in new data released on Monday.

DHHS said to date there have been 5,8 million doses given out. They say 32.4% of the total population has received at least one vaccination shot.

DHHS said on Monday there were 1,469 new cases of COVID-19 since Sunday, bringing the total to 935,061.

Hospitalizations because of the virus remained under 1,000 for the 4th day in a row, as 904.