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Wednesday's COVID-19 update: Statewide, percentage of positive tests hovers around 2%
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Wednesday's COVID-19 update: Statewide, percentage of positive tests hovers around 2%

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

Number of N.C. cases: Wednesday's data shows 333 new cases, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. The state's cumulative total now stands at 1,009,531. There were a total of 13,596 tests completed Tuesday. Of the tests returned Monday, 2.3% 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 Wednesday's update from state health officials, Guilford County has had a total of 48,480 cases (903 cases per 10,000 residents) and 720 deaths. That's an increase of seven cases since Tuesday's report and no new deaths.

• According to the Guilford County Division of Public Health, there are 289 active cases of COVID-19 and 47,317 cumulative cases as of Tuesday, the latest data available. The county health department has verified 711 deaths related to COVID-19. Some 13 Guilford County residents are currently hospitalized and 1,290 have been hospitalized for treatment of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. The health department said 46,316 county residents have recovered from the illness. These numbers are expected to be updated later today. 

In the region: Wednesday's state data shows Alamance County with 18,947 total cases (1,118 cases per 10,000 residents) and 289 deaths; Davidson County with 16,982 cases (1,013 cases per 10,000 residents) and 197 deaths; Forsyth County with 36,839 total cases (964 cases per 10,000 residents) and 408 deaths; Randolph County with 15,291 total cases (1,064 cases per 10,000 residents) and 231 deaths; and Rockingham County had 8,072 total cases (887 cases per 10,000 residents) and 143 deaths.

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Cone Health: There were 19 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 as of early Wednesday, one fewer than the day before, according to Cone's online tracker. This figure excludes emergency room patients. The hospital system is at 70% of its intensive care unit capacity.

N.C. deaths: North Carolina has recorded 13,314 deaths from COVID-19 as of Wednesday, an increase of 18 from Tuesday's report. 

N.C. hospitalizations: There were 495 people hospitalized on Tuesday, according to the most recent state health data based on reports from 97% of the state's hospitals. That's 15 fewer than on Monday.

Vaccinations: As of Tuesday, the most recent data available, 253,959 first doses have been administered in Guilford County and 237,188 people have been fully vaccinated. Statewide, over 8.63 million doses have been administered in that same time. 

Across the U.S.: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States and its territories have recorded over 33.31 million cumulative cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday afternoon. New cases increased by 12,322 from the day before. The CDC also reported 373 new deaths nationally Wednesday to bring the U.S. pandemic death toll to 597,965

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.


Contact Jamie Biggs at 336-373-4476 and follow @JamieBiggsNR on Twitter.


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