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Friday's COVID-19 update: N.C. cases approach 50,000 after near-record one-day jump as hospitalizations continue to climb

Friday's COVID-19 update: N.C. cases approach 50,000 after near-record one-day jump as hospitalizations continue to climb

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The latest on COVID-19 in the Triad, North Carolina and the United States, with updates to include new Guilford County numbers and the latest state report on outbreaks in congregate living facilities:

Number of N.C. cases: 49,840 as of noon Friday, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. That’s a one-day increase of 1,652 new infections since Thursday and the second-largest one-day increase since the state began counting in early March. The previous mark was June 12, when 1,768 new cases were recorded.

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

• According to state health officials, Guilford County has recorded 2,281 cases of COVID-19 and 105 related deaths as of Friday's report. These numbers represent one-day increases of 51 new cases and seven new deaths. Guilford County has had 43 cases of COVID-19 per 10,000 residents since the pandemic began.

• As of 3 p.m. Friday, the Guilford County Department of Public Health said it has been notified of 2,320 cumulative cases of COVID-19 and verified 101 deaths. Those numbers are increases of 76 new cases but no news deaths since Thursday. Since early March, the health department said 310 Guilford County residents have been hospitalized for treatment of COVID-19 and 1,244 people have recovered from the illness. 

In the Triad: The number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in counties surrounding Guilford continues to rise. As of Friday, according to state health officials, Alamance County has reported 883 total cases of COVID-19 and 35 deaths since the outbreak began, Davidson County has had 725 cases and 15 deaths, Forsyth County has had 2,463 cases and 27 deaths, Randolph County has had 1,013 cases and 23 deaths, and Rockingham County has had 157 cases and two deaths.

N.C. deaths: 1,197 statewide as of Friday, according to state health officials. That’s a one-day increase of 22 new deaths.

N.C. hospitalizations: State health officials said 871 people are currently hospitalized for treatment of COVID-19. That's 14 more than Thursday and a new one-day record for North Carolina for the fourth straight day.

N.C. congregate settings: State officials on Friday reported that there were 191 ongoing outbreaks (two or more confirmed cases) at nursing homes, residential care facilities, correctional facilities and other settings statewide where numerous people live in close contact. The 191 cases is five fewer than the last state report, which was issued Tuesday. In Guilford County, the number of outbreaks declined by one to seven. State health officials said an outbreak at Malachi House II in Greensboro has ended. Ten residents and six staff members fell ill, according to state health officials, and all recovered.

Across the U.S.: According to the most recent update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States and its territories had recorded nearly 2.16 million confirmed and probable cases as of Thursday afternoon. The number of cases increased by 22,834 since Wednesday. The CDC on Thursday reported 117,632 total U.S. deaths from COVID-19, a one-day increase of 754 deaths.

For more information: In North Carolina, call 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162. Get updates by texting COVIDNC to 898211. Click here for more information about COVID-19.

Contact John Newsom at (336) 373-7312 and follow @JohnNewsomNR on Twitter.​

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