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NC COVID-19 January 13 Update: New Case Number Sets Record Nearly 45,000; another record number of patients in hospitals

NC COVID-19 January 13 Update: New Case Number Sets Record Nearly 45,000;  another record number of patients in hospitals

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN/WAVY) — A data outage led to a record number of new COVID-19 cases — nearly 45,000 of them — reported in North Carolina on Thursday.

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The Department of Health and Human Services added 44,833 new cases to the fast-growing total with a disclaimer: nearly 11,000 of those were due to be registered earlier this month.

As the ommicron-driven wave continues, NCDHHS also reported a record number of patients in hospitals for the second consecutive day, at nearly 4,300, and more than 30 percent of the most recent battery of tests confirming new cases.

NCDHHS also added its largest one-day increase in deaths since October, taking those 87 to 19,850 — just 150 off the 20,000 milestone.

The record numbers we’ve routinely seen this month during the ommicron wave actually turned out to be too low: NCDHHS says 10,791 new cases confirmed by the GENETWORx lab didn’t count as they should have been between New Year’s Eve and Tuesday.

Nevertheless, it marks the sixth time this month that a one-day record has been set, breaking the previous record of 29,069 on Saturday and taking the seven-day average to another record high.

The state averaged 26,812 new cases per day for the past week, hitting a record 14th day in a row.

The number of patients, which reached 4,000 for the first time on Wednesday, continued its climb by rising to 4,275 after a daily increase of 177. The state has added more than 2,500 COVID patients to its hospitals in the past 2 1/2 weeks.

An NCDHHS spokesperson sent 10 On Your Side the following statement:

“We expect North Carolina to continue to follow similar Omicron surge trends as other parts of the world and the US, where they continue to see increasing cases; although places that have experienced previous spikes are starting to see their cases increase less quickly. We hope to see that trend in North Carolina in the coming weeks, but we haven’t reached the peak of Omicron in North Carolina yet.”

VACCINE DOSE COUNT

  • 5,158 first doses
  • 3,993 second doses
  • 231 single J&J doses
  • 20,760 booster doses
  • 30,142 total doses

Statistics for local provinces:

  • Gates 1,395 – 18 killed
  • Bertie 3,290 – 56 killed
  • Camden 1,458 – 9 killed
  • Chowan 3,118 – 45 dead
  • Currituck 3,708 – 30 killed
  • Dare 5,601 – 18 kill
  • Hertford 3,815 – 77 killed
  • Pasquotank 6,853 – 111 dead
  • Perquimans 2,133 – 17 killed

North Carolinas who are not fully vaccinated or eligible for booster doses can visit covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vaccines or call the NC COVID-19 Vaccine Help Center at 888-675-4567 to locate nearby vaccination clinics.

Those who want to find or schedule a test appointment can visit covid19.ncdhhs.gov/about-covid-19/testing/.

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