North Carolina reports single-highest day for new COVID-19 cases

Another setback for the fight against the virus spread in the Tar Heel state
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North Carolina reported a new record for single-day Coronavirus cases on Thursday.

According to state officials, 2,532 new cases were added to the total of nearly 240,000 people who've tested positive for the virus in the Tar Heel state since March. At least 206,471 are assumed recovered and almost 4,000 North Carolinians have died of COVID-19 in the past seven months.

The daily case count has been climbing higher over the past two months and nearly doubled from 1,100 to more than 2,000 per day.

"We are moving in the wrong direction," Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Services, said during a Thursday afternoon briefing.

The news of the single-highest day comes a little over a month after Governor Roy Cooper moved COVID-19 restrictions from Phase 2.5 to Phase 3, allowing businesses to expand under current guidelines. The executive order detailing Phase 3 restrictions expires at the end of next week.

No word from Cooper or Cohen if current trends will be a deciding factor to partly extend restrictions or rollback to Phase 2 completely. "We have a lot of measures in place that, if people will abide by them and everybody pulls together, then we can slow the spread of this virus," Cooper said.

The governor will announce the next steps to stop the spread on or before October 23.