POSITIVE TESTING RATE IN NC FALLS BELOW 5% AGAIN: At least 2,598,014 coronavirus cases have been reported in North Carolina, and at least 22,763 people have died since March 2020, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday, March 4, reported 2,646 new COVID-19 cases, up from 2,377 the day before. An additional 38 coronavirus-related deaths were added to the total. At least 1,336 people were reported hospitalized with COVID-19 as of March 4, including 284 adults being treated in intensive care units, health officials said. The total number of patients was down from 1,397 the day before. As of March 2, the latest date with available information, 4.3% of coronavirus tests were reported positive. Everywhere I've been in the last week I was one of the rare people wearing a mask. Not promising.