RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — Public health officials in North Carolina report their highest number of new COVID-19 cases in three weeks.
The 2,392 new cases added Thursday by the Department of Health and Human Services were the most since Oct. 28.
NCDHHS also reported an additional 48 deaths, said the number of patients in hospitals remained relatively stable at 1,048 and reported a one-point increase in the percentage of North Carolinas who have been at least partially vaccinated.
Cases have risen again in more than half of the US states, fueling concerns about the possibility of another Thanksgiving wave in a week and the potential for spread — especially among the unvaccinated — in indoor gatherings.
The daily number of new cases was the highest in the state since there were 2,493 just three weeks ago. It was enough to push the seven-day average to 1,800 — the highest since Nov. 3.
The preliminary tally of hospitalized patients was a net drop of one from Wednesday, the ninth day in a row between 1,000 and 1,100.
NCDHHS says 61 percent of the state population of 10.4 million has had at least one injection, an increase largely due to the 82,413 children ages 5 to 11 who have received their first injection in the two weeks since they became eligible. .
That total represents an increase of 6,017 per day — and two-thirds of the more than 9,000 initial doses added to the state’s total on Thursday.
VACCINE DOSE COUNT
9,166 first doses
681 single J&J doses
13,151 total doses