Coronavirus cases in North Carolina top 217,000

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The state of North Carolina now has at least 217,496 people who have tested positive for the coronavirus. State health officials also say that 3,634 have died.

The Raleigh News & Observer reports that the numbers were released on Saturday.

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported 610 new COVID cases. That’s a drop from 2,202 the day before and the lowest single-day total since mid-August.

But the state still reported that about 6.6% of tests were positive. That’s more than the state’s goal of 5% or lower.

At least 907 people were reported hospitalized as of Sunday. That’s down from 921 the day before.

Feature photo: The Moore County Health Department, partnered with Goshen Medical Center in September, and offered free testing for the coronavirus at the New Home Baptist Church in Vass. ~Sandhills Sentinel Photographer John Patota.

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