The number of people hospitalized due to COVID-19 in North Carolina climbed closer to 1,000 on Monday. Health officials reported a new high of 982 people hospitalized, up 33 from the previous day. South Carolina has 1,260 people hospitalized because of the virus, also a new high.
There were 1,546 additional coronavirus cases reported in North Carolina Monday, for a total of 74,529. Approximately 20,000 tests were conducted, with a 9% positive rate, the same as the past few days. Two additional deaths brings the total to 1,398. Mecklenburg County reported an additional 305 COVID-19 cases, with 13,111 total.
Each week the state reports the number of patients presumed to be recovered from COVID-19 in North Carolina. This week that number is 55,318. That’s using a median recovery time of 14 days for those COVID-19 cases that were not hospitalized, and 28 days for those who were hospitalized. Actual recovery time could be shorter or longer depending on the severity of illness.
In South Carolina, the state hospital association says if the state’s COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue rising at the current rate, hospitals will likely have to implement a surge plan to add 3,000 more beds. This after another 1,505 cases were reported Monday in South Carolina, with a positive test rate of 18.8%.