RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – North Carolina ended February with the fewest new COVID-19 cases in eight months.
In the latest sign that the omicron-driven rise is fading, the state Department of Health and Human Services reported only 909 new cases on Monday.
NCDHHS also reported general improvement in the number of patients in hospitals and the rate at which testing confirms new cases.
But the most surprising figure was the number of single-day cases, which was the lowest since July 20, when 871 of them came in – a low point that precedes the increases driven by both the delta and omicron variants.
This is the third day-to-day drop in a row – the state reported about 3,000 new cases on Saturday, followed by about 2,000 the next day.
North Carolina’s daily average is lower than it has been for nearly three months. The state had an average of about 2,800 new cases a day over the past week, the lowest since December 4th.
And the overall trend in hospital admissions is better, even though the state reported its first day-to-day increase in more than a month. The 1,618 patients in hospitals on Monday were only seven more than it was on Sunday – when it fell to its lowest point since 18 December.
NCDHHS says 6.9 percent of tests on Saturday ended up being positive. For tests conducted Friday, that rate dropped to 5.8 percent – the lowest it has been since Nov. 22.
The state also reported 70 deaths, bringing the total to 22,570.
NUMBER OF VACCINE DOSAGE
2,576 first doses
4,874 second doses
164 single-shot J&J doses
8,640 booster doses
16,254 total doses