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Saturday's COVID-19 update: Statewide, hospitalizations drop and tests hover around 5% positive

Saturday's COVID-19 update: Statewide, hospitalizations drop and tests hover around 5% positive

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The latest on COVID-19 in the Triad, North Carolina and the United States: Note that health officials warn that data is preliminary and can change as information is updated and as processes for collecting data are modified during the pandemic.

Number of N.C. cases: According to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, there were 1,454 new cases as of 12:25 p.m. Saturday, for a cumulative total of 183,740. There were 17,717 tests completed Saturday. Of the tests returned Thursday, 5.2% were positive, according to the latest data available.

In Guilford County: There are two different official counts of Guilford County’s COVID-19 numbers:

• According to state health officials, there were 78 additional cases reported Saturday and no new deaths. That brings the case total to 7,607 (143 cases per 10,000 residents), with 174 deaths.

• According to the latest information from the Guilford County Department of Public Health, as of 3 p.m. Friday, there have been 7,523 cumulative cases of COVID-19 and 166 verified deaths. That's an increase of 55 cases and no new deaths since Thursday. Since early March, the health department said, 630 Guilford County residents have been hospitalized for treatment of COVID-19 and 4,367 people have recovered from the illness. 

In the region: Saturday's state data shows Alamance County had 3,526 cases (212 cases per 10,000 residents) and 48 deaths; Davidson County had 2,416 cases (145 cases per 10,000 residents) and 32 deaths; Forsyth County had 6,579 cases (174 cases per 10,000 residents) and 86 deaths; Randolph County had 2,571 cases (179 cases per 10,000 residents) and 49 deaths; and Rockingham County had 1,042 cases (115 cases per 10,000 residents) and 11 deaths.

N.C. deaths: In all, 3,047 state residents have died. That's 24 more than Friday.

N.C. hospitalizations: With 95% of hospitals reporting, 870 people were hospitalized Friday because of the coronavirus, according to the latest state data. That's 68 fewer than Thursday. 

Across the U.S.: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States and its territories have recorded about 6.43 million confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 as of Saturday afternoon. There have been 245,584 new cases in the past seven days. The CDC reported total U.S. deaths from COVID-19 as 192,388 as of Saturday, a one-day increase of 1,035 new fatalities. 

For more information: In North Carolina, call 211 or 888-892-1162. Get updates by texting COVIDNC to 898211. Click here for more information about COVID-19.

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