NC RECORDS OVER 28,000 NEW VIRUS CASES IN ONE DAY: At least 1,816,380 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus, and at least 19,619 have died since March 2020, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday, Jan. 7, reported 28,474 new COVID-19 cases, up from 24,292 the day before and another record high. The count has continued to rise since the state saw a record of more than 20,000 cases on Jan. 5. Another 33 coronavirus-related deaths were reported on Jan. 7. Health officials don’t specify the dates on which newly reported deaths occurred. At least 3,474 people were reported hospitalized with COVID-19 on Jan. 7, up from 3,298 the day before, health officials said. As of Jan. 5, the latest date with available information, 31.2% of coronavirus tests were reported positive. And yet, I'm seeing fewer people wearing masks indoors than I did during the entirety of 2021. Madness.