COVID hospitalizations in NC continue to rise

By on October 14, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported 1,926 new cases of COVID-19 on Oct. 14. Of these cases, 337 were antigen positive tests. Perhaps the most worrisome trend in the metrics tracking the virus in the state is the number of hospitalizations, which increased to 1,152 in today’s report, up 49 from the Oct. 13 report.

In a further breakdown, the number of people hospitalized with suspected-COVID 19 in the past 24 hours (425) is up 81 from the previous day, while those hospitalized in the past 24 hours with a confirmed case of COVID-19 rose to 194, up 55 from the previous day.

On Oct. 15, Governor Roy Cooper is scheduled to appear at a 3 p.m. media briefing on the pandemic and observers will be watching to see if and how he addresses the recent trends in the spread of the virus in the state.

Dare County

On Oct. 14, for the third day in a row, the Dare County Department of Health and Human Services reported 5 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases reported since the outset of the pandemic to 604. Four of the newest cases involve county residents with one individual being a non-resident. All of them, including the non-resident, are currently isolating in Dare County.


Statewide NC coronavirus numbers – Oct. 14

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

  • Reported NC cases – 234,481 (up 1,926 from yesterday)
  • Reported NC deaths – 3,856
  • Currently hospitalized – 1,152
  • Suspected COVID-19 cases hospitalized in past 24 hours – 425 (up 81 since yesterday)
  • Confirmed COVID-19 case hospitalized in past 24 hours – 194 (up 55 since yesterday)
  • Adults in ICU with COVID-19 – 300 (down 6 since yesterday)
  • Patients presumed to be recovered – 206,471   
  • Reported cases in Dare, Currituck and Hyde Counties – 962 (Dare 604, Currituck 209, Hyde 149)
  • Completed tests – 3,459,943
  • Daily percent positive tests – 6.6%

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





  • Lee

    The article right below this one in the voice might give you a clue as to why the numbers are going up. Vacation or die or maybe vacation so older more fragile people I could care less about can die. Greed and entitlement is a real pandemic in this country today.

    Thursday, Oct 15 @ 5:27 am
  • Disgruntled

    Maybe I missed an explanation but I think being hospitalized as suspected needs one.

    Are they simply included in the 1,152 hospitalized total?

    How is it a person would be suspected to have covid-19 and be admitted to a hospital without being tested? Antigen test could be done in the time it takes to fill out the paper work, not to mention the likelihood of in house PCR available. Would they be housed with confirmed patients or isolated from them?
    Regardless, why we would be given guesswork numbers?

    Total daily hospitalized is up 49 while the “confirmed” cases admitted is up 55. Hospitals must be doing a good job with treatment, especially if suspected cases are included.

    Thursday, Oct 15 @ 7:14 am