Screenshot from a press conference, in a box on the upper left, a woman in a blue dress holds up a hand to indicate a high number, below her, in a box, is a sign language interpreter. On the right in the photo is a graph showing an overall trend line of COVID cases rising with time.

On Wednesday, state health and human services secretary Mandy Cohen explained that hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have increased by more than 300 cases since the beginning of October, reaching the highest level (1219) since mid-summer. Mecklenburg and the counties surrounding Charlotte have the highest number of patients (327) of any area of North Carolina. Screenshot courtesy: UNC TV

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