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Tuesday's COVID-19 update: Hospitalizations continue to decline as positive tests hover around 6%
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Tuesday's COVID-19 update: Hospitalizations continue to decline as positive tests hover around 6%

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The latest on COVID-19 in the Triad, North Carolina and the United States with an afternoon update from Guilford County:

Number of N.C. cases: Tuesday's data shows 1,514 new cases, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. The state's cumulative total now stands at 846,284. There were a total of 19,841 tests completed Monday. Of the tests returned Sunday, 6.2% 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 Tuesday's update from state health officials, Guilford County has a total of 39,157 cases (729 cases per 10,000 residents) and 539 deaths. That's an increase of 68 cases since Monday's report and two new deaths. 

• According to the Guilford County Division of Public Health, there are 2,395 active cases of COVID-19 and 38,462 cumulative cases as of Tuesday, the latest data available. The county health department has verified 513 deaths related to COVID-19. Some 79 Guilford County residents are currently hospitalized and 1,240 have been hospitalized for treatment of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. The health department said 35,726 county residents have recovered from the illness.

In the region: Tuesday's state data shows Alamance County with 15,459 total cases (912 cases per 10,000 residents) and 217 deaths; Davidson County with 14,463 total cases (863 cases per 10,000 residents) and 149 deaths; Forsyth County with 31,305 total cases (819 cases per 10,000 residents) and 338 deaths; Randolph County with 12,918 total cases (899 cases per 10,000 residents) and 196 deaths; and Rockingham County had 6,713 total cases (738 cases per 10,000 residents) and 59 deaths.

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Cone Health: There were 89 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 as of early Tuesday, according to Cone's online tracker, one fewer than Monday. This figure excludes emergency room patients. The hospital system is at 69% of its intensive care unit capacity. 

N.C. deaths: North Carolina has recorded 10,965 deaths from COVID-19 as of Tuesday, an increase of 31 from Monday's report. 

N.C. hospitalizations: 1,563 people were hospitalized Monday, according to state health data based on reports from 97% of the state's hospitals. That represents a decrease of four from Sunday, according to the most recent data.  

Across the U.S.: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States and its territories have recorded more than 27.99 million cumulative cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday afternoon. New cases increased by 55,419 from Monday. The CDC also reported 1,578 new deaths nationally Tuesday to bring the U.S. pandemic death toll to 498,993. 

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.

Note: Health officials warn that data is preliminary and can change as information is updated and as processes for collecting data are modified.

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