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COVID-19 hospitalizations climb again; NCDHHS reports 82 deaths

Dec. 2. By Dave Yochum. The NC Dept. of Health and Human Services is reporting 4,199 new cases of COVID-19 statewide, up from 2,883 yesterday but fewer than 4,212 reported the day before Thanksgiving.

Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 climbed by six from yesterdays’s record 2,033. Yesterday was the first time hospitalizations broke through the 2,000 mark. In mid-July, after the Independence Day holiday, there were roughly 1,000 to 1,100 North Carolinians hospitalized due to COVID-19.

Gov. Roy Cooper yesterday announced that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccination is only weeks away for the most at-risk North Carolinians.

Gov. Cooper at the Dec. 1 press conference

There were 82 new deaths in today’s report, a record.

The statewide positivity rate, which climbed to 10.2 percent in yesterday’s report, climbed once again to 11.4 percent.

Total cases

Statewide, the cumulative total of COVID-19 cases now stands at 371,594.


More than 5.35 million tests have been completed statewide. In Mecklenburg County, positive tests were reported at 7.6 percent. The goal statewide and locally is 5 percent or less.


According to Johns Hopkins University, there have been 271,347 deaths due to COVID-19 in the United States, and approaching 1.5 million worldwide. A total of 5,366 North Carolinians have died of COVID-19 related illness since the outbreak began in March.

There were no new COVID-related deaths between yesterday and today in Mecklenburg County, according to the NCDHHS.


Johns Hopkins reports 315,979 North Carolinians have recovered from bouts with COVID-19.


In Mecklenburg County, there were 445 new cases of COVID-19 in today’s NCDHHS report, up from 322 new cases yesterday, but down from 534 new cases reported on Nov. 22.

North Mecklenburg

Cornelius: 15 new cases, 980 cumulative; 17 deaths total.

Davidson: 4 new cases, 556 cumulative; 7 deaths total.

Huntersville: 26 new cases, 1,880 cumulative; 15 deaths total.