North Carolina closes in on 3 million COVID-19 tests

By on September 27, 2020

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

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported 1,290 new cases of COVID-19 on Sept. 27. There have been 3,441 deaths attributed to COVID-19 and 917 individuals are currently hospitalized.

One of the key metrics that North Carolina health officials use to track the trajectory of the COVID-19 virus in the state is the percentage of positive test results out of all the tests administered. A month ago, that number hovered around 7%, but recently, it has dropped down to around the 5% mark that officials have cited as a goal. The most recent day for which a positive test percentage (5.1%) was reported was Sept. 25. That marks a string of 17 consecutive days when that percentage has been under 6%.

Meanwhile, Dare County reported no new COVID-19 cases on Sept. 27.

Statewide NC coronavirus numbers – Sept. 27

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

  • Reported NC cases – 207,380 (up 1,290 from yesterday)
  • Reported NC deaths – 3,441
  • Currently hospitalized – 917
  • Suspected COVID-19 cases hospitalized in past 24 hours – 386 (down 24 since yesterday)
  • Confirmed COVID-19 case hospitalized in past 24 hours – 122 (up 6 since yesterday)
  • Adults in ICU with COVID-19 – 269 (down 12 since yesterday)
  • Patients presumed to be recovered – 176,422
  • Reported cases in Dare, Currituck and Hyde Counties – 844 (Dare 533, Currituck 184, Hyde 127)
  • Completed tests – 2,974,052


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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