CHARLOTTE, NC — Hospitalization for coronavirus illnesses in North Carolina rose to record heights for at least the third day in a row Wednesday as the state reported an increase of 1,435 confirmed cases of the virus in a day.
The new batch of cases of novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, increased the state’s total to more than 77,000 lab-confirmed cases, according to North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services data.
The state’s virus-related death tally rose to 1,441 Wednesday, 21 deaths higher than reported Tuesday.
As of Wednesday, 10 percent of COVID-19 tests conducted in the state were positive.
Hospitalizations rose by five patients to 994 patients reported Wednesday, marking the fourth day of increases and the highest number of patients treated for COVID-19 reported in the state yet, according to data.
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Hospital capacity remains available throughout the state, according to a DHHS survey of about 89 percent of the state’s hospitals. According to the state agency, there were 4,399 staffed inpatient hospital beds and 460 intensive care unit beds that remained empty in the state as of July 8. Ventilator readiness remained stable with 73 percent — or about 2,374 — of the state’s supply available for use.