North Carolina Reports Highest One-day Increase of COVID-19 Positive Tests

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The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) reported the state’s highest one-day number of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, May 23, with 1,107 cases.

Over the weekend, there were a total of 497 confirmed cases reported on Saturday, May 24, and 742 confirmed cases reported on Sunday, May 25. During that same period, the United States approached 100,000 total deaths associated with COVID-19.

“This is a notable and concerning increase…. Please practice the three Ws – wear a face covering, wait six feet apart, and wash your hands frequently. When it comes to our health, we need to work together to protect our families, friends and neighbors,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen.

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In addition, ten percent of total tests were positive among labs that report both negative and positive tests into the state electronic reporting system.

NCDHHS epidemiologists are analyzing the data to determine if there were any significant contributing factors. Additional data is posted on the NC COVID-19 Dashboard at covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard.