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COVID-19 hospitalizations hit record high in North Carolina

COVID-19 hospitalizations and test positivity rates both are reaching record highs in North Carolina.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Sunday there were a record-high 3,576 people hospitalized with COVID-19. That’s according to data reported by 95% of the state’s hospitals.

Two weeks ago, there were 2,783 people hospitalized with the virus. That’s a difference of 793 people.

On Friday, the state’s health department says 13.6% of COVID-19 tests came back positive. That brought the seven-day average of daily testing results to 14.2%, the highest rate since at least April.

The average is seen as giving a better indication of COVID-19 spread because it better accounts for daily spikes and valleys.

Every day since Christmas has seen a double-digit positivity rate, including Thursday’s record-high 15.5%.

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