In past month, NC COVID cases plunge

By 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.

Dare County

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.

Today’s statewide NC coronavirus numbers

  • Total reported NC cases – 842,637
  • New cases reported today – 2,541
  • Reported deaths – 10,926 (30 since yesterday)
  • Currently hospitalized – 1,647 (61 fewer than yesterday)
  • Suspected COVID-19 cases hospitalized in past 24 hours – 153 (down 17 from yesterday)
  • Confirmed COVID-19 case hospitalized in past 24 hours – 181 (up 14 from yesterday)  
  • Adults in ICU with COVID-19 – 402 (down 7 since yesterday)
  • Patients presumed to be recovered – 765,456
  • Reported cases in Dare, Currituck and Hyde Counties – 4,724 (Dare 2,751, Currituck 1,340, Hyde 633)
  • Completed tests – 9,926,578
  • Daily percent positive tests – 5.9%
  • Vaccine doses administered – 1,997,342

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 

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  • Thinking About the Future

    How much testing down here has been going on and how does that relate to the lower verifiable cases?

    Sunday, Feb 21 @ 7:50 pm
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    The state tracks the percentage of positive test results on a daily basis and that number has been dropping — currently hovering around 6%. At the county level, the percentage of positive tests is reported once a week, on Tuesday. So tomorrow, we’ll get a sense of whether these low case numbers are a function of less testing or not.

    Monday, Feb 22 @ 8:02 am
  • Phoebe

    You don’t know …. what you don’t test. Our positivity rate still had us in the Purple zone as of a week ago, according to a lengthy article in the NYT. It also stated the lack of testing we are currently doing here. If you don’t test…. of course the numbers will trend lower. We just added another death to the Dare County totals. That makes 6 or 7 in the past 2 weeks alone. Sad. Keep reporting how GREAT are numbers are here locally…. and people will start becoming even more complacent than they already are!!!

    Monday, Feb 22 @ 11:26 am
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    Hi Phoebe, as I said in the story, tomorrow we will get the % of positive tests in Dare County for the past week. Whatever they are, you can bet we will report them.

    Monday, Feb 22 @ 3:12 pm
  • Surf dog

    What stay at home order ? Take a look at license plates in the parking lots.

    Tuesday, Feb 23 @ 1:48 pm