The North Carolina Department of Health reported a total of 53 deaths, as well as 1,203 COVID-19 hospitalizations, which was the second-highest one-day total during the pandemic, WRAL reports.
North Carolina has only previously reported 50 or more deaths during a single day three times, all of which occurred in September. In July, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases peaked, but the death totals never exceeded 42 or more during that span.
North Carolina's 7-day COVID-19 death average is above 25% per day, after dropping to 19% on October 10. The state has reported a total of 3,992 coronavirus related deaths since the pandemic began in March.
The NC Department of Health reported a total of 248,750 COVID-19 cases, which includes 1,578 new cases during a 24-hour span, although 88% of the individuals who tested positive are presumed to have recovered.
North Carolina's 7-day average of cases is 2,038 and has been above 2,000 per day for the third consecutive day. The state's average had previously remained under 2,000 since a four-day period exceeding that total in mid-July.
"Recent data suggest that smaller, more intimate gatherings of family, friends and neighbors are driving infection, especially as activities move indoors and adherence to face covering and social distancing wanes," according to a White House Coronavirus Task Force report obtained by WRAL.
UNC Rex Healthcare chief medical officer Dr. Linda Butler predicts North Carolina will continue to see COVID-19 trends worsen as fall continues.
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