The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services released an update on COVID-19 cases reported across the state.
As of Thursday, nearly 927K positive cases and 12,224 deaths were reported. The state also reported 1,004 people were currently hospitalized with the virus. In addition, the percent of positive COVID-19 tests in North Carolina has decreased to 5.1%.
Officials say there were 2,087 new cases and 12 additional deaths added on Wednesday.
About 40 percent of North Carolinians have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. A little over 27% of those are considered fully vaccinated. That figure is above the national average compared to the 19.6% of people who’ve received both doses from Pfizer/Moderna, or the single shot from Johnson & Johnson.
Wednesday was the first day for all adults in North Carolina to receive the vaccine. Previously, the state opened up vaccination sites to Groups 1-4 which were those at a higher risk of contracting the virus.
President Biden announced Tuesday the national vaccine deadline for all adults would be moved to April 19. This will allow states to expedite the process to try and get a majority of the general population vaccinated by the President’s goal of May 1.