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COVID-19 hospitalizations exceed 2,000 for first time

Gov. Cooper will hold a press conference at 3 pm

Dec. 1. The NC Dept. of Health and Human Services is reporting another new daily record for COVID-19 hospitalizations statewide: 2,033, an increase of 67 from yesterday. It was the first time hospitalizations broke through the 2,000 mark; there were fewer than 1,200 hospitalized due to COVID-19 statewide one month ago.

Gov. Roy Cooper’s new executive order aimed at strengthening the mask mandate went into effect last week. Among other things, it requires masks indoors whenever you’re with anyone outside of your household.

Cooper was scheduled to speak at 3 pm about the new COVID-19 data and what they mean for North Carolina. To track NCDHHS data, click here.

The statewide positivity rate climbed to 10.2 percent in today’s report, up from 9.5 yesterday and 6.5 percent one week ago.

There were 23 new deaths in today’s report, for a total of 5,284 since the outbreak began in March.

The total number of cases statewide increased by 2,883 in today’s report, down from 4,000-plus daily new cases two weeks ago.

Across the country there are strict new coronavirus measures after many Americans returned from Thanksgiving holidays.

Meanwhile, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education has requested that when a COVID-19 vaccine is available, that all K-12 staff who work directly with students or in a school, be among those who receive priority after health care providers.

Total cases

Statewide, the cumulative total of COVID-19 cases now stands at 367,395.


More than 5.3 million tests have been completed statewide. In Mecklenburg County, positive tests were reported at 7.5 percent, stuck over 7 percent for two weeks.


According to Johns Hopkins University, there have been 268,880 deaths due to COVID-19 in the United States, and more than 1.47 million worldwide. To view the Johns Hopkins global tracking map, click here.


In Mecklenburg County, there were 322 new cases in today’s NCDHHS report. There were two new deaths between yesterday and today due to COVID-19, for a total of 456 county-wide.

North Mecklenburg

Cornelius: 5 new cases, 965 cumulative; 17 deaths total.

Davidson: 9 new cases, 552 cumulative; 7 deaths total.

Huntersville: 13 new cases, 1,854 cumulative; 15 deaths total.