DHHS reports new metric: 4,563 antigen positive cases

By on September 25, 2020

Starting on Sept. 25, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has joined 31 other states in reporting the number of antigen positive cases in the state in addition to the molecular positive test results it has already been reporting daily. According to the NCDHHS website, “an antigen test is a rapid test that looks for specific proteins on the surface of the virus. Antigen tests are often processed at the point of care, such as in a health care provider’s office. Molecular positive cases are classified as ‘confirmed’ cases and antigen positive cases are classified as ‘probable’ cases of COVID-19, in accordance with CDC case classification guidelines. Despite the names, regardless of the test used, a person who tests positive is considered to have COVID-19.”

To reflect the new categorization, the Voice is separately listing the 4,563 antigen positive cases today, but going forward, will include it in the “Reported NC cases.” Deaths connected with positive antigen cases are already being reported in the overall number of NC deaths.

Dare County is reporting two new cases of COVID-19 on Sept. 25.  Both are male residents who are isolating at home. That brings the total number of cases reported here since the onset of the pandemic to 529. Also on Sept. 25, the Dare County Department of Health and Human Services reported that five residents of the county who had been categorized as having active cases have now be re-classified as recovered. Meanwhile one non-resident who had been hospitalized is now isolating at home.


Statewide NC coronavirus numbers – Sept. 25

(see today’s COVID-19 Update for NC Covid-19 interactive charts)

  • Reported NC cases – 199,768 (up 1,693 from yesterday)
  • Antigen positive cases – 4,563 (new category)
  • Reported NC deaths – 3,409
  • Currently hospitalized – 903
  • Suspected COVID-19 cases hospitalized in past 24 hours – 304
  • Confirmed COVID-19 case hospitalized in past 24 hours – 98
  • Adults in ICU with COVID-19 – 281
  • Patients presumed to be recovered – 176,422   
  • Reported cases in Dare, Currituck and Hyde Counties – 838 (Dare 529, Currituck 182, Hyde 127)
  • Completed tests – 2,903,054

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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