DELTA VARIANT PUSHES NC'S COVID NUMBERS BACK UP: At least 1,031,929 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus, and at least 13,570 have died since March 2020, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported 1,998 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, up from 1,800 on Thursday. At least 817 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Friday, up from 751 the day before. As of Wednesday, the latest day available, 6.7% of coronavirus tests were reported positive. Roughly 60% of adults in North Carolina have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, and about 57% have been fully vaccinated. State health officials round vaccination numbers to the nearest whole number. I'm glad to see those vax numbers rising again.