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San Diego-Area Hospitals Work Through Surge Of COVID-19 Cases As Nation Struggles With Pandemic

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The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported a slight increase in COVID-19 cases Tuesday.

About 6,851 new Coronavirus cases are up by less than 1,000 from 5,936 on Monday. The totals are roughly half of the record 11,581 new cases reported Saturday across the Tar Heel State. At least 636,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the state.

An additional 60 deaths were reported Tuesday, bringing the new total to nearly 7,700 deaths since March.

The updated case count comes as hospitals start to become at capacity across the Carolinas.  At least 3,940 people in North Carolina were reported hospitalized with the Coronavirus as of Tuesday, according to data from the NCDHHS. The second-highest hospitalization total reported thus far for with last Thursday being the highest at almost 4,000 people occupying beds.

Officials in South Carolina are reporting just over 2,300 people hospitalized with the virus as of last Friday.

Gov. Roy Cooper is expected to hold a 3 p.m. ET press conference to announce the state’s plans to increase COVID-19 vaccine efforts. As of Friday, North Carolina had administrated 151,902 vaccination to healthcare workers and people over the age of 75.