By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice on April 14, 2021
So far this week, there have been no COVID-19 briefings by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary (NCDHHS) Mandy Cohen. In recent briefings, they have characterized the key COVID metrics in the state as “flattening” or “plateauing.” It will be interesting to see how they describe the trajectory of the virus the next time they address the subject because the numbers don’t seem to be going in the right direction at the moment.
On April 14, the NCDHHS reported 2,359 cases in North Carolina, the third time in the last six days that the number of cases reported have been well over 2,000. A month ago, there were days when the case count fell below 1,000.
In addition, hospitalizations have recently increased and are currently at 1,045 after consistently being in the 900’s and occasional falling into the high 800’s in late March and earlier this month. The same can be said of the percentage of positive COVID tests out of all tests administered, which was reported today at 7.6% (and at 8.3% on April 13) after having been below 5% in late March and early April.
The Dare County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported 11 cases of COVID-19 on April 14. Five of the 11 are non-residents of Dare County and 6 are residents of the county. All of them are isolating either in Dare County or in their home county.
In addition, in the past two days, the DHHS has reported that 17 residents of Dare County who had previously been listed as having active cases are now categorized as recovered.
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