NC'S COVID 19 CASE COUNT PASSES 155,000, HOSPITALIZATIONS DOWN: At least 155,113 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus and 2,531 have died, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday reported 1,472 new cases of COVID-19, down from 1,729 the day before. Officials on Sunday reported 10 additional deaths, down from 27 the day before. Reported coronavirus-related deaths in the state reached a single-day high last Tuesday with 48. The rate of positive test results was 7% on Saturday, the latest date available. State health officials have said that rate should be 5% or lower. On Sunday, health officials reported a total of 898 coronavirus-related hospitalizations in North Carolina — the lowest they’ve been since July 1 and down from 996 Saturday.