Tracking the recent decline in NC COVID cases

By on August 15, 2020

(North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services)

While emphasizing the need to remain vigilant against COVID-19, and warning of a possible spike in the fall, both North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen pointed to recently improving numbers at an Aug. 13 briefing.

And in terms of new cases reported, there has been noticeable improvement. In the past two weeks (from Aug. 2 through Aug. 15), the state reported, on average, 1,416 new cases a day. That is down about 22% from the prior two weeks (July 19 through Aug. 1) when it was reporting an average of 1,806 new cases a day.

It is worth noting that overall, the number of completed tests being reported by the state dropped from about 23,300 a day from July 19 through Aug. 1 to about 20,900 a day from Aug. 2 through Aug. 15. That is approximately a 10% decrease, which is less than the decrease in confirmed cases in the same period. That helps explains why, as Cohen said in the briefing, that the percentage of positive tests is “trending slightly downward.”


NC coronavirus numbers – Aug. 15 (See most recent ‘Today’s NC coronavirus numbers’ for interactive charts)

  • Reported NC cases – 143,706 (up 1,536 from yesterday)
  • Reported NC deaths – 2,343
  • Currently hospitalized – 1,032
  • Suspected COVID-19 cases hospitalized in past 24 hours – 397 (no new data today)
  • Confirmed COVID-19 case hospitalized in past 24 hours – 109 (no new data today)
  • Adults in ICU with COVID-19 – 308 (no new data today)
  • Patients presumed to be recovered – 116,969    
  • County with most cases– Mecklenburg (22,989) 
  • Reported cases in Dare, Currituck and Hyde Counties – 524 (Dare 390, Currituck 80, Hyde 54)
  • Completed tests – 1,903,401
  • % of cases by age group – 0-17 (11%), 18-24 (14%), 25-49 (43%), 50-64 (19%), 65+ (13%)
  • % of cases by gender – female (52%), male (48%)
  • Number of cases in NC congregate living facilities (nursing homes, residential care facilities, jails) – 13,874

Note: Every morning, the NC Department of Health and Human Services posts updates 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.


Link to COVID-19 North Carolina Dashboard





  • Steve

    Coincides with the hoards of tourons

    Monday, Aug 17 @ 7:23 am