OVER 5,000 NORTH CAROLINIANS HOSPITALIZED WITH CORONAVIRUS: At least 2,374,866 coronavirus cases have been reported in North Carolina, and at least 20,595 people have died since March 2020, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday reported 22,631 new COVID-19 cases, down from 28,753 the day before. Another 78 coronavirus-related deaths were added. At least 5,084 people were reported hospitalized with COVID-19 on Jan. 28, including 816 adults in intensive care units. The total patient count was down from 5,201 the day before, according to state health officials. As of Jan. 26, the latest date with available information, 30.4% of coronavirus tests were reported positive. Remain vigilant, Omicron is very contagious.