COVID HOSPITALIZATIONS IN NC SLIP BELOW 3,000, BUT 480 ARE IN ICU: At least 2,559,793 coronavirus cases have been reported in North Carolina, and at least 22,148 people have died since March 2020, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday, Feb. 18, reported 4,871 new COVID-19 cases, down from 5,583 the day before. An additional 87 coronavirus-related deaths were added to the total. At least 2,634 people were reported hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Feb. 18, including 480 adults being treated in intensive care units, health officials said. The total patient count was down from 2,711 the previous day, according to state health officials. As of Feb. 16, the latest date with available information, 10.3% of coronavirus tests were reported positive. Keep wearing your mask, this ain't over yet.