Record high 4,296 new COVID cases in NC

By 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.

Dare County

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.


Today’s statewide NC coronavirus numbers

Link to Covid-19 North Carolina Dashboard
  • Total reported NC cases – 325,158
  • New cases reported today – 4,296
  • Reported deaths – 4,936
  • Currently hospitalized – 1,538
  • Suspected COVID-19 cases hospitalized in past 24 hours – 302 (down 62 since yesterday)
  • Confirmed COVID-19 case hospitalized in past 24 hours – 198 (down 21 from yesterday)
  • Adults in ICU with COVID-19 – 395 (up 9 from yesterday)
  • Patients presumed to be recovered – 276,132   
  • Reported cases in Dare, Currituck and Hyde Counties – 1,406 (Dare 929, Currituck 297, Hyde 180)
  • Completed tests – 4,769,653
  • Daily percent positive tests – 7.9%

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.






  • sandflea

    I thought COVID was going away Nov. 4th. Now where would I have heard that?

    Thursday, Nov 19 @ 1:37 pm
  • Chris Smith

    It seems pretty funny to me. Over the last 2 1/2 to 3 months. There’s been a 1000 to 1200 closings On homes. All these people moving here from New Jersey New York Connecticut Ohio. Then have been traveling back-and-forth to see friends and family that they left. And now our covid is off the charts.?????????????????????????????????????????

    Friday, Nov 20 @ 5:27 pm