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Coronavirus in NC rising with second wave

North Carolina’s COVID-19 numbers rose by 2,303 cases Sunday to a total of 246,028 people who have been infected with the virus since arriving in the state in March.

The day-to-day increase was higher by 201 cases than the increase on Saturday, where 2,102 cases were reported. Saturday’s numbers represented a small drop after two consecutive record days.

The state reported five more deaths Sunday for a total of 3,934.

As of Sunday morning, 1,129 people were hospitalized with the new coronavirus, the state reported, a drop of 1

1 people from Saturday.

Cases of the virus have increased in the last week; North Carolina hit record numbers of new cases Thursday and Friday. The case numbers in October have been comparable to those seen by the state in July, when the virus last peaked.

Coronavirus testing has increased in the state. North Carolina has so far conducted 3,609,035 tests. On Friday, when the number was last updated, the state Department of Health and Human Services reported a 6.1% positive test rate. The state’s target is a 5% positive rate.

The state moved to Phase 3 of COVID-19 restrictions in early October, loosening the rules for opening bars, amusement parks and cinemas. Also this month, many public schools in North Carolina have reopened for personal instruction.

Gov. Roy Cooper has not said whether he plans to extend Phase 3 when his current executive order expires on October 23, or whether he will tighten the rules to try to limit the spread of disease.

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Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan covers North Carolina state government and politics on The News & Observer. She previously covered Durham and has received the McClatchy President’s Award as well as several North Carolina Press Association awards, including for investigative reporting.

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