North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said during a press conference today that 1,333 new positive cases were identified and there are a total of 48,188 lab confirmed cases statewide.
"These numbers continue to concern us," Cooper said.
He said there are 857 people in the hospital and a total of 1,170 people have died.
North Carolina’s Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Mandy Cohen said the hospitalization number was an all-time high.
Cohen said the increase in positive cases is not solely due to increased testing as the percent positive rate for it is around 9%.
Cohen said the increase in cases is primarily among the younger population, between the ages 25 and 49.