NC hits new high in daily average of new coronavirus cases –

— North Carolina added another 3,117 coronavirus cases on Sunday, the third-highest one-day figure during the pandemic.

The daily total trails only the record of 3,885 reported on Saturday and 3,119 reported on Wednesday.

The continued surge in infections pushed the state’s rolling, seven-day average to 2,699 new cases per day over the last week, which marked a new high.

Tracking NC coronavirus cases by county

Mitchell, Alexander and Columbus counties have seen the highest rate of new cases in the past two weeks, based on how many people per 100,000 county residents have tested positive in that period.

About 7.9 percent of coronavirus tests were producing positive results, the sixth straight day that metric was higher than 7.5 percent. State officials have said they want to see that rate no higher than 5 percent.

Coronavirus: North Carolina

The state’s streak of days with more than 1,000 people hospitalized with the virus continues unchecked, with 1,395. Oct. 9 was the last day fewer than 1,000 people were in North Carolina hospitals for COVID-19.

Another 50 virus-related deaths were reported statewide on Sunday, which ties for the third-highest one-day total to date. That pushes the seven-day average up to 28 deaths per day over the last week.