Today’s coronavirus numbers – June 8
‘Going the wrong way’

By on June 8, 2020

Governor Roy Cooper

On a day when the state reported surpassing 1,000 deaths due to COVID-19, Governor Roy Cooper and Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen voiced concern about key numbers and trends related to the virus that they characterized as “going the wrong way.” In the June 8 press briefing, convened in part to talk about hopes and plans for re-opening schools to in-person instruction in August, Cooper issued the cautionary note that, “Re-opening our schools very much depends on our health metrics.”

The metrics troubling state officials include the 739 COVID-19 hospitalizations reported on June 8, the highest single-day total to date. In addition, the highest single-day increase in new cases, 1,370, was reported over the weekend. Cohen also stated that the number of positive test results as a percentage of all COVID-19 tests administered, “is now among the highest in the nation.”

Additionally, she reported that on June 5, White House Coronavirus Task Force Member Deborah Birx called her to discuss Birx’s concerns with the way the COVID-19 numbers were trending in North Carolina.

The message hammered home by Cooper and Cohen at the briefing was that people should follow safety guidelines about washing their hands, social distancing and wearing face coverings. And they stressed getting tests. “If you have been in any kind of crowd,” Cooper stated, “please go get tested.” During a question and answer period with reporters, Cooper was asked if the state might have to rescind some of its moves toward re-opening businesses if the COVID-19 spread worsened. “We want to avoid going backward if we possibly can,” he said.

In a related question, Cooper was asked for his view of legislation to try and re-open bars—which are not allowed to operate in the current Phase Two opening plan.

“I’d rather open schools than bars,” he responded.



Today’s coronavirus numbers – June 8


What’s new today: A sad milestone as NC deaths pass the 1,000 mark.

  • Reported NC cases – 36,484 (up 938 from yesterday)
  • Reported NC deaths – 1,006
  • Currently hospitalized – 739
  • Patients Presumed to be recovered – 18,860
  • NC county with most cases– Mecklenburg (5,682)
  • Reported cases in Dare, Currituck and Hyde Counties – 49 (Dare 32, Currituck 15, Hyde 2)
  • Completed tests – 520,113
  • % of cases by age group – 0-17 (8%), 18-24 (11%), 25-49 (45%), 50-64 (21%), 65+ (15%)
  • % of cases by gender – female (51%), male (49%)
  • Number of cases in NC congregate living facilities (nursing homes, residential care facilities, correctional facilities) – 6,114
  • Number of empty hospital beds in NC – 4,244 out of 17,204 total
  • Number of empty ICU hospital beds in NC – 461 out of 3,223 total
  • Number or ventilators currently in use in NC hospitals – 805 out of 3,092 total

Note: Every morning, the NC Department of Health and Human Services posts updates on the number of reported cases of coronavirus. That number reflects positive results from all tests, including the NC State Laboratory of Public Health and all hospital and commercial labs. There may be other reports, from the media and elsewhere, that will include different numbers during a given day, but this is an effective way of tracking numbers from the same source on a day-to-day basis.


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  • Dethrol

    The Dear Leader is playing fast and loose with metrics and makes absurd statements, presumably and simply because he gets away with it. North Carolina is the ninth most populous state in our nation. According to the CDC, North Carolina ranks 17th in the nation for the number of confirmed cases, 21st in the number of deaths, and 33rd in the number of deaths per 100,000 people. North Carolina is NOT among the highest in the nation in any COVID category by a long, long, long shot. The people of North Carolina allow the Dear Leader to continue doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. Enough already.

    Monday, Jun 8 @ 5:40 pm
  • Sean Mulligan

    Hospitalizations is the big number.It looks like they are remaining steady.More testing will result in more positive cases.I would like to see bars open because they are a business and like all businesses they should be opened.It is not right to pick and choose.Who does the governor think he is a dictator.

    Monday, Jun 8 @ 5:51 pm
  • anotherobxman

    As the numbers continue to trend in the wrong direction Governor Cooper continues to refuse to mandate the wearing of masks in public. This simplest and cheapest of measures seems to escape otherwise “intelligent” people. It ain’t rocket science but for some persons you would think it was.

    Monday, Jun 8 @ 7:40 pm
  • Jimmy Z

    If you wonder why look at all the NJ and NY tags. They are here is large groups, no social distancing , wear no mask. I see it every day. But they are entitled to their vacation and don’t give two hoots about anyone. Large groups of young collage age people. Remember Florida, we got it coming. The ignorance and greed this country has come to is unbelievable. I wish I could afford to leave here for a while but I can’t even get a vacation.

    Monday, Jun 8 @ 8:24 pm
  • 60s Suzanne

    Re: high Covid statistics
    I have been watching daily with dismay the NC Covid 19 statistics and know they have been getting higher and higher. I wondered when the governor would finally say something about it.
    I am getting tired of reading the same old advice every day about the 3 Ws. Obviously the way this is being put out is not reaching people. Either they are not reading it or they don’t care.
    I know Mecklenburg County has the highest amount of cases. I live in a coastal tourist area who has seen their numbers go up since the tourist season opened. I know we need the tourists for economic reasons but every time I go out I see tourists with no masks, and they do not even try to space out 6 feet. Some of them act like now that they are here on vacation the pandemic is gone. Did they not come from a state with some rules of their own? They act like we have nothing here.
    Publishing the 3 Ws constantly is not hitting home with too many people across the state. I think it is time to try something else that might be more effective.
    Perhaps we need to move back to phase 1 and endorse the rules to get people’s attention back like we used to.
    That would be a real hassle and disadvantage a lot of people that don’t deserve it.
    So maybe a big WARNING in some newspapers and NC-Covid’s websites that if people do not pay attention to prevention techniques and bring the NC numbers down we WILL have to go back to phase 1 which I know one really wants to do?
    And how can we get all the big cottage rental companies to let their customers know we DO still have rules in NC – even if you are on vacation at the beach.
    We have got to do something different than what we are doing if we really want to make an impact.

    Monday, Jun 8 @ 9:08 pm
  • Dan Burke

    Down from NY since 5/4, masked, distanced & hands washed and appreciating the job done by Dare County D of H&SS. NC cannot use police powers to enforce masking but should use emergency health powers to require the use of masks by every store employee. Every business should want to keep its employees safe and to set a standard for visitors.

    Tuesday, Jun 9 @ 3:30 pm