North Carolina COVID-19 tests surpassed 2.8 million Sunday, as the percentage of positive tests continued to decline slightly.
The state Department of Health and Human Services reported 1,333 confirmed new cases of COVID-19 and eight new related deaths since Saturday.
At least 193,581 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus and 3,243 have died, NC DHHS reported.
The number of completed COVID-19 tests increased by 33,798 Sunday to more than 2.8 million.
About 4.6% of the tests were positive as of Friday, the latest date available. The percentage fell from 5.8% on Sept. 14 to 4.8% Tuesday. State officials have said they want the percentage of positive tests to be below 5%.
The number of those in the state hospitalized for COVID-19 increased by seven on Sunday to 889, according to DHHS.
The hospitalization numbers are based on 94% of the hospitals reporting, which is down from the previous day’s 96% reporting.
State public health officials track coronavirus spread through four main metrics, including hospitalizations, the number of new cases, and the percentage of people who tested positive.
DHHS advises that the data on the COVID-19 dashboard is preliminary and can be adjusted as more reporting is collected. They advise looking at trends over a period of time.
The Triangle and Charlotte area
The numbers of new cases continued to climb in the Triangle and in the Charlotte area.
As of Sunday afternoon:
▪ Wake County cases increased by 68 to 16,880. The county has 228 related deaths.
▪ Durham County cases increased by 20 to 7,506. The county has 90 related deaths.
▪ Orange County’s cases increased by 11 to 2,581. The county has 54 related deaths.
▪ Mecklenburg County cases increased by 100 to 27,531. The county has 339 related deaths.