The number of people infected with the COVID-19 virus in North Carolina increased by 2,303 cases on Sunday, to a total of 246,028 people who have been infected with the virus since it arrived in the state in March.
The daily increase was 201 higher than on Saturday, when 2,102 cases were registered. The number of Saturdays was a slight decrease after two consecutive days that broke the record.
On Sunday, the state reported five additional deaths totaling 3,934.
As of Sunday morning, 1,129 people had been hospitalized with the new coronavirus, the state said, down 11 people since Saturday.
Over the past week, the incidence of the virus has increased; North Carolina reached a record number of new cases on Thursday and Friday. The number of cases in October was comparable to the number the cases the state saw in July, when the virus last peaked.
Coronavirus testing is growing in the state. To date, North Carolina has conducted 3,609,035 tests. On Friday, when the latest number was updated, the State Department of Health and Human Services reported a positive test score of 6.1%. The goal of the state is a positive indicator of 5%.
In early October, the state moved to phase 3 of restrictions on COVID-19, loosening the rules for opening bars, amusement parks and cinemas. Also this month, many public schools across North Carolina reopened for personal learning.
Governor Roy Cooper has not said whether he plans to extend Phase 3 when his current order expires on October 23, or whether he will tighten the rules in an attempt to limit the spread of the disease.