At least 70 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Pitt County over the holiday weekend as cases reported statewide continued to total more than 1,300 daily and number of hospitalizations hit a new high, officials reported.

The total number of cases reported by the Pitt County Health Department on Monday was 810, up from 740 on Thursday, the last report issued by the county. The reports show the average number of daily cases continues on an upward trend. The county passed the 700 mark on Wednesday.

The number of deaths in the county remained steady at nine, while the number of people the county estimates have recovered from the illness was 473.

Reports from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, which put the county total at 822, show 18 cases were reported by 11 a.m. Monday, 19 were reported on Sunday, 27 were reported on Saturday and 26 each were reported Friday and Thursday.

Statewide 1,546 new cases were reported on Monday, down from a record high of 2,099 reported on Friday. The total number of cases since the outbreak began in March was at 74,529.

Hospitalizations statewide reached a record high of 982 on Monday, a result of a steady climb since Thursday, when the total was 912. Vidant Health reported Monday that 57 people were hospitalized in its facilities in eastern North Carolina.

The number of people tested dropped steadily since the holiday began. A record high of 26,360 tests was reported on Wednesday, while a total of 13,060 was reported on Monday. About 9 percent of the tests reported Monday were positive.

The state on Monday reported it now estimates that 55,318 people have recovered from the illness, while 1,398 have died.

Friday’s record of 2,099 cases was up from the previous high of 1,768 set on June 12.

Contact Bobby Burns at and 329.9572.