CORONAVIRUS CASES IN NORTH CAROLINA APPROACH 300,000: At least 293,339 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus and 4,607 have died, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday reported 2,094 new COVID-19 cases, down from 2,676 reported the day before. The state’s seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases has remained above 2,000 cases for the past 22 days. About 6.9% of tests were reported positive as of Wednesday, the latest day for which data are available. At least 1,147 people in North Carolina were reportedly hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Sunday, down from 1,196 reported the day before.