The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services released their daily update involving COVID-19 cases within the state.
As of Thursday, there are now 765,023 PCR positive cases and 114,802 antigen positive cases, 1,039 people hospitalized and 11,622 COVID-19 related deaths.
That is 2,061 new total cases and 27 additional deaths from Wednesday.
A total of 10,652,888 total COVID-19 tests have been completed in North Carolina.
Also, on Tuesday Gov. Cooper announced that more people will be eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine beginning March 17, a week earlier than originally expected.
This is due to the third vaccine approved for emergency use, Johnson & Johnson and an increased supply of the other two vaccine types.
Cooper said Group 4 is comprised of people with medical conditions that put them at higher risk for dangerous health concerns from COVID-19.
Also, Cooper said people living in some congregate settings that have an increased risk of exposure will be eligible.
More people in Group 4 will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine on April 7.
Cooper added that some providers may not be ready to move into Group 4 right away and said state officials want those providers to make sure that they are still meeting demand in Group 3 before opening to more people.
Here's the breakdown of confirmed cases in local areas:
|TOTAL CASES||NEW CASES TODAY||TOTAL DEATHS||NEW DEATHS TODAY||CURRENTLY HOSPITALIZED||CHANGE IN HOSPITALIZATIONS||PERCENT POSITIVITY|
|NC STATE TOTALS||879,825||2,061||11,622||27||1,039||-36||3.80%|