There's been talk about reopening gyms and bars, and other establishments in the Tar Heel State. But residents might have to wait a little longer to hit up their favorite hot spots again. This past week, COVID-19 hospitalizations in North Carolina have spiked, seeing the state's highest number of admissions since the start of the pandemic.

According to The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 dashboard, at least 812 patients were in hospitals on Thursday, June 11.

This is the fourth day in a row of record-breaking hospitalizations, The NCDHHS' graphs have shown a steady uptrend since May.

According to News Observer, only 86% of North Carolina hospitals are reporting data to the state, so the true number of hospitalizations could potentially be higher.

The North Carolina Department of Health has reported 39,481 positive cases as of June 11 with a total of 572,677 completed tests — just under 7% people have tested positive of the total number of tests done. Of the more than 39,000 confirmed cases, 1,106 have died.

In the last seven days alone, five days saw new positive case counts of more than 1,000.

Thursday, June 11, was the second-highest recorded single-day case increase, coming in at 1,310 cases. North Carolina's most confirmed cases were seen on June 6 at 1,370. 

Governor Roy Cooper got tested, and his results came back negative. The Governor suggests that anyone who has been in a crowd to get tested, even if they have no symptoms.

The state is currently in Phase 2 as of the end of May, which lifted the stay at home order, allowed restaurants, salons, and other businesses to open at 50% capacity as well as an increase to the number of people allowed at outdoor gatherings from 10 to 25.

Governor Cooper and Dr. Mandy Cohen say the state is not yet ready for Phase 3 based on the state's current coronavirus trends.

Residents should continue to practice social distancing and sanitizing guidelines that have been put out by the CDC until further notice.

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