By Outer Banks Voice on February 21, 2021
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) reported 2,541 cases of COVID-19 on Feb. 21, a tally that is consistent with what have seen in recent days. Looking at the number of cases reported by the NCDHHS, there has been a major drop since the pandemic’s most serious spike – the holiday season explosion of cases that began around Thanksgiving and carried well into January.
By way of example, in the past seven days, from February 15-21, the state has reported an average of 2,963 cases per day. Only one month earlier, for the week from Jan. 15-21, there was an average of 6,803 cases reported each day — more than double the current figure.
To put the current numbers in perspective, while they represent a major decrease from where the state was a month ago, they are still considerable in absolute terms, higher, for example, than those from the summer surge that began in late July.
Having said that, the plunge in recent cases, as well as other key metrics — such as the decrease in hospitalizations and the shrinking percentage of positive tests — have state officials clearly signaling that the trajectory of the virus in the state is improving substantially. One test of those sentiments will come this week when Governor Roy Cooper announces a decision about whether to extend or amend the current Modified Stay-at-Home Order.
Update: Meanwhile, Dare County reported only 1 new case of COViD-19 on Feb, 21, meaning that in the past four days, there have been a total of 15 cases reported. The county, too, is seeing the same basic decrease in cases that has been apparent recently at the state and national level.
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