Wednesday, 25 November 2020 18:51

Local COVID cases, statewide hospitalizations increase

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ROCKINGHAM — Two dozen new COVID-19 cases were reported in Richmond County Wednesday as statewide hospitalizations broke 1,800.


The Richmond County Health Department reported 24 cases, more than double from the previous day.

Although the number of active cases has risen to 156 — 148 under home isolation — the number of hospitalizations dropped to eight and 15 more residents have recovered, bringing the total number of recoveries to 1,597 out of 1,792 total cases since April.

There have so far been 343 new cases this month and five COVID-related deaths, the most recent reported on Tuesday.

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported 4,212 new cases statewide, the third time new daily cases have topped 4,000 since Nov. 19. Daily testing numbers have ranged from 40,000 to 57,000 in the same timeframe.

According to DHHS, there were 1,811 North Carolinians in hospitals with COVID-19 on Tuesday. Hospitalizations have steadily been on the rise over the past two weeks.

Gov. Roy Cooper’s strict mask mandate — which allows individuals to be cited for non-compliance — went into effect Wednesday and is slated to last until Dec. 11.

Free testing COVID in the parking lot behind the Human Services Complex on Caroline Street has been extended until Dec. 31. Testing will run from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, except for Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

Register for testing by visiting www.lhi.care and following the directions at the top or by calling 877-562-4850.