Seniors account for 80% of NC COVID deaths

By on September 19, 2020

(North Carolina and Dare County Department of Health and Human Services)

Data from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services illustrate how COVID-19 is a far more lethal threat to the state’s elderly than others, despite that age group having relatively low levels of infection.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, those under 25 years of age have accounted for 27% of all cases reported while those 65 and older have only accounted for 13%. The age group with the largest number of infections, by far, are those between 25 and 49, at 41%.

But 80% of the 3,235 COVID-19 deaths in the state to date have been among those 65 and older with 0% among those 25 and younger. As for those in 25-49 age group, they account for only 5% of COVID-19 deaths.

Dare County reported 3 new COVID-19 cases today, bringing the total number of cases reported here to 513. Of the newest cases, two involve residents and one involves a non-resident. All three individuals are isolating outside of Dare County.

Statewide NC coronavirus numbers – Sept. 19

See today’s COVID-19 North Carolina Dashboard for interactive charts

  • Reported NC cases – 192,218 (up 1,229 from yesterday)
  • Reported NC deaths – 3,235
  • Currently hospitalized – 882
  • Suspected COVID-19 cases hospitalized in past 24 hours – 360 (down 26 from yesterday)
  • Confirmed COVID-19 case hospitalized in past 24 hours – 112 (down 3 from yesterday)
  • Adults in ICU with COVID-19 – 293 (up 10 from yesterday)
  • Patients presumed to be recovered – 167,257   
  • Reported cases in Dare, Currituck and Hyde Counties – 787 (Dare 513, Currituck 150, Hyde 124)
  • Completed tests – 2,771,020

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

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  • Rusty Plebe

    I’ve been reading these reports for months now and am curious why the death rate for the age group that is never mentioned in these reports is, well, never either mentioned or defined (as a group) or specified in these reports. This would be that age group from 50 to 65.

    Based on the numbers you regularly provide and doing the math to find the ‘missing’ numbers; the under 25, 25 – 49, and over 65 age groups comprise 81% of the cases, and 85% of the deaths. Based on this the ‘missing’ group; those aged 50-65, comprise 19% of the cases and 15% of the deaths.

    Why is this (arbitrary/) age group never defined or mentioned in these regular reports?

    Monday, Sep 21 @ 9:37 am