Big drop in new NC COVID cases today

By on October 19, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported 1,144 new cases of COVID-19 on Oct. 19, less than half the number that were reported on Oct. 18 and the lowest number of cases reported since Oct. 4. The number of people currently hospitalized with the virus is currently 1,142, a modest increase over the previous day. The percentage of positive tests out of all tests administered dropped to 5.7% from 6.1% reported the day before.

Dare County

The Dare County Department of Health and Human Services reported 6 new cases of COVID-19 on Oct. 19, bringing the total number of cases reported here to 637. Five of the individuals are county residents and one is a non-resident. Four of the six are under 17 years of age, and all six are isolating with the virus.

Statewide NC coronavirus numbers – Oct. 19

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

  • Total reported NC cases – 247,172
  • New cases reported today – 1,144
  • Reported NC deaths – 3,939
  • Currently hospitalized – 1,142
  • Suspected COVID-19 cases hospitalized in past 24 hours – 270 (up 20 since yesterday)
  • Confirmed COVID-19 case hospitalized in past 24 hours – 131 (up 20 since yesterday)
  • Adults in ICU with COVID-19 – 311 (up 1 since yesterday)
  • Patients presumed to be recovered – 218,541   
  • Reported cases in Dare, Currituck and Hyde Counties – 1,027 (Dare 637, Currituck 216, Hyde 174)
  • Completed tests – 3,640,086
  • Daily percent positive tests – 5.7%

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


  • Disgruntled

    WHO estimates that 40% of the “cases” have no symptoms and as many as 80% have none or mild symptoms. It seems no one really knows or attempts to follow this number. That seems odd to me.

    “The number of people currently hospitalized with the virus”
    How many are hospitalized because of the virus?

    A number is given for “Suspected COVID-19 cases hospitalized”. What is that? Why is that?

    It is my hope for all that test positive they not get sick. Apparently the chances of that are pretty good  

    What happen to the antigen tests results? Call me a science denier but I think we would be better served using them.

    Tuesday, Oct 20 @ 7:54 am
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    Disgruntled, here, via the NCDHHS is the answer to one of your questions.

    The term “suspected” is defined as a person who is being managed as though they have COVID-19 because of signs and symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 as described by CDC’s Guidance but does not yet have a laboratory positive COVID-19 test result. This may include patients who have not been tested yet or those with pending test results.

    Tuesday, Oct 20 @ 1:00 pm
  • Disgruntled

    Thanks Mark, perhaps the antigen tests are not yet as available as they should be, I know at this point they would need to be verified with PCR, what a good place to do that. It would seem prudent to do a 15 min. antigen test on anyone being admitted to a hospital for any reason, symptoms or not. We’re all suspected of having covid-19.

    Hopefully the rapid tests are found reliable and become as easy to get as a mask.

    Tuesday, Oct 20 @ 5:20 pm