The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services released their daily update involving COVID-19 cases within the state.
As of Wednesday, there are now 899,117 PCR positive cases and 163,183 antigen positive cases, 1,580 people hospitalized and 13,700 COVID-19-related deaths.
That is 3,413 new total cases and 21 new deaths from Tuesday.
A total of 14,527,065 total COVID-19 tests have been completed in North Carolina.
The percent of positive COVID-19 tests statewide is 12.2%.
Here's the breakdown of confirmed cases in local areas:
|TOTAL CASES||NEW CASES TODAY||TOTAL DEATHS||NEW DEATHS TODAY|
|NC STATE TOTALS||1,062,300||3,413||13,700||21|
Gov. Roy Cooper called on residents to get vaccinated before it’s too late as the state sees its highest percent positive rate for COVID-19 since the winter surge.
Just 61% of the population age 18 and older has received one dose of a vaccine, compared to 72% of Virginians.
Like many other states, North Carolina hopes to incentivize people with cash to get vaccinated.
Cooper announced Wednesday a third million-dollar winner was randomly drawn from a list of those who are vaccinated. The 18-year-old plans to spend the money to put herself through college.
The governor also encouraged residents who are behind on rent or utility payments due to the pandemic to seek help through the state-run HOPE Program, which is now accepting landlord referrals for tenants who need assistance.
Landlords with tenant struggling to pay rent can submit their name and contact information through the HOPE website or by calling (888) 927-5467. A program specialist will follow up with the tenant and help them start the application process.