NC coronavirus update December 13: North Carolina reports 6,819 COVID-19 cases in 2nd highest single-day jump as hospitalizations see 1st decrease since late November – WTVD-TV

NC coronavirus update December 13: North Carolina reports 6,819 COVID-19 cases in 2nd highest single-day jump as hospitalizations see 1st decrease since late November – WTVD-TV

RALEIGH, N.C. — Here are the latest updates about COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in North Carolina.

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SUNDAY

1:50 p.m.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield has accepted an advisory committee’s recommendation that the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine may be given to people ages 16 and older, meaning that shots of the vaccine can now be administered in the United States.

11:50 a.m.
North Carolina health officials are reporting 6,819 more COVID-19 cases, bringing the to-date total to 436,595. This is the second-highest single-day case increase since 7,540 on Friday.

Throughout the state, 27 more people have died from the virus, bringing the total to 5,823.

With 95 percent of hospitals reporting, 2,520 people remain hospitalized for COVID-19. That is down 57 in the first decrease the state has seen since late November. However, hospitalizations numbers remain among the highest they have been during the pandemic.

The daily percent positive rate of tests is currently 11.6%, down slightly from Saturday’s 11.7%.

Nearly 6 million tests have been completed throughout the state since March.

9:20 a.m.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, there have been more than 16 million COVID-19 cases in the United States since March.

7:30 a.m.
Millions of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine are being loaded into containers at drug maker Pfizer’s Michigan loading facility.

FIRST LOOK: COVID-19 vaccine doses leave Pfizer’s Michigan facility

SATURDAY

6 p.m.
North Carolina hospitals will get 85,800 doses
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