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North Carolina reports 2,171 new coronavirus cases; percent positive at 6.1%

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is continuing to track confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths.
Published: Mar. 23, 2021 at 2:08 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 17, 2021 at 2:17 PM EST
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - North Carolina health officials reported 2,171 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday.

To date, there have been 1,510,086 confirmed cases since the first case was reported in North Carolina on March 3, 2020.

Officials also reported 1,049 people are hospitalized due to the virus as of Wednesday.

The total number of people who have died of complications with the virus is now 18,517 in North Carolina.

Officials also say 19,827,043 tests have been given in N.C. and the daily percent of positive tests reported was 6.1 percent.

There is increasing urgency for people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as the more dangerous new Delta variant is rapidly spreading in the United States, including in North Carolina.

Officials say the currently available COVID-19 vaccines are the best protection against the virus and its variants. Read more.

The state recorded its millionth confirmed case of COVID-19 in late May 2021.

N.C. COVID-19 Dashboard: Click here for DHHS info on coronavirus cases, deaths and hospitalizations

The growing trend of North Carolina adults getting their COVID-19 vaccines continued. The state crossed the 50 percent mark for partially vaccinated adults on May 6.

North Carolina is currently providing COVID-19 vaccinations for those age 12 and older. Use My Spot to find locations that carry the Pfizer vaccine.

VACCINE TEAM: Click here for the latest news on the COVID-19 vaccination in North Carolina

NCDHHS urges all unvaccinated North Carolinians age 12 and older to get a COVID-19 vaccine to protect against severe illness, hospitalization and death.

Officials say rigorous clinical trials among thousands of people ages 12 and older, have proven vaccines are safe and effective. More than 160 million Americans have now been safely vaccinated.

Vaccines are the best protection from COVID-19 related hospitalizations and deaths, as well as complications from the virus. Research has shown even people who had a mild case of COVID-19 may struggle with long-term effects like shortness of breath, chest pain and brain fog,” NCDHHS officials said.

Have a question about the COVID-19 vaccine? Ask the WBTV Vaccine Team

People who need transportation assistance to a COVID-19 vaccine should reach out to their local transit agency. Local transit information can be found here: NC_public_transit.pdf (ncdot.gov).

On Friday, May 14, Gov. Cooper lifted all mandatory capacity and gathering limits, social distancing requirements, and most mandatory mask requirements.

The move, effective immediately, means that in most settings indoors or outdoors the state will no longer require you to wear a mask or be socially distant. Cooper said there will continue to be a mandatory indoor mask requirement on public transportation, in child care, in schools, in prisons and in certain public health settings.

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