Are NC’s COVID numbers going the wrong way?

By 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.

Dare County

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.

Statewide NC coronavirus numbers on April 14

  • Total reported NC cases – 938,784
  • New cases reported today – 2,359
  • Reported deaths – 12,325 (20 since yesterday)
  • Currently hospitalized 1,045 (13 more than yesterday)
  • Suspected COVID-19 cases hospitalized in past 24 hours – 154 (25 more than yesterday)
  • Confirmed COVID-19 case hospitalized in past 24 hours – 122 (same as yesterday)
  • Adults in ICU with COVID-19 – 253 (4 fewer than yesterday)
  • Patients presumed to be recovered – 900,174
  • Reported cases in Dare, Currituck and Hyde Counties – 5,182 (Dare 3,045, Currituck 1,475, Hyde 662)
  • Completed tests – 11,776,943
  • Daily percent positive tests – 7.6%
  • Vaccine doses administered – 6,057,382

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.


Link to COVID-19 North Carolina Dashboard





  • Lemonshirt

    Seems that every time the numbers start trending down, we run into another holiday that brings people together from afar. Then we lose some ground. I take this as reasonable evidence that masks and social distancing really do work. So please continue to do so.

    Thursday, Apr 15 @ 12:20 pm
  • TW

    According to the CDC, over 80% of those who get the virus are dedicated mask wearers.
    We are getting tired of the lies from leftist media and politicians.

    Thursday, Apr 15 @ 5:39 pm
  • Scott

    I have to wholeheartedly agree with TW. The facts are there.

    Friday, Apr 16 @ 10:47 am