By Outer Banks Voice on November 19, 2020
In recent COVID-19 briefings, Governor Roy Cooper has made a point of saying that North Carolina’s cases are increasing, but not “surging” as they are in other states. With a briefing scheduled for tomorrow, we’ll see if that language changes.
On Nov. 19, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported 4,296 new cases, passing the 4,000 mark for the first time in setting a new daily high. (In the last seven days, there has been an average of 3,100 new cases a day. That’s about 600 more daily cases than were being reported during the previous big spike in late July.)
The number of those hospitalized is also at a record high 1,538. The one bright spot in today’s metrics is that the most recent reported percentage of positive cases is 7.9%, down significantly from the 9.2% in the Nov. 18 numbers.
Update: The Dare County Department of Health and Human Services reported 16 new cases of COVID-19 on Nov. 19. That includes 11 residents of Dare County and five non-residents of the county. Another 16 residents who had been listed as active cases are now considered recovered. That leaves 117 Dare County residents as active cases. Four are currently hospitalized and four have succumbed to COVID-19 since the outset of the pandemic.
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.
SOURCE: NC DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES