DEATH TOLL FROM PANDEMIC IN NC REACHES 1,785: A total of 1,785 have died from COVID-19 complications, up seven from the day before. The number of completed COVID-19 tests increased by 34,343 Sunday to 1,613,385. Sunday marks the third highest one-day total for new tests. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported 1,621 new COVID-19 cases across the state Sunday, bringing the total up to 112,713. The percentage of positive cases from daily testing increased to 9% Saturday, the latest date available, up from 7% the day before. The number of those in the state hospitalized for COVID-19 increased by two on Saturday to 1,170.