State COVID-19 hospitalizations down 42%

FILE - This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the virus that causes COVID-19. (NIAID-RML via AP, File)

RALEIGH – North Carolina’s COVID-19 metrics have fallen steeply in the past month, according to data from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

From Sept. 12 to Oct. 12, the percentage of North Carolinians hospitalized declined by 42% with 2,152 currently hospitalized statewide. The number of ICU patients also declined by a similar amount, down 38% in the same time frame.

In the state’s weekly recovery report, over 1.3 million have recovered from the virus.

The CDC, meanwhile, still considers the entire state to have “substantial” community transmission of COVID-19.