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As COVID-19 cases rise, NC jobless recovery is 10th-worst nationwide

Using Johns Hopkins University’s data, Cornelius Today compiled a chart of NC new confirmed cases of COVID-19 per day from May 19 through June 18. While it appears that NC numbers of contraction are on the rise, it is important to note that anomalies may occur in NC data reporting and testing. The state’s average number of new daily cases since May 19 is 934 and its median is 907. The past seven-day average and median are significantly higher, at 1,226 and 1,234, respectively. The increasing seven-day aggregates indicate both an upward trend in confirmed cases and more accessibility to testing

June 19. By Dave Yochum. With North Carolina’s economy continuing to struggle, COVID-19 cases are still climbing. There were 617,073 unemployed people in May in North Carolina vs 206,728 in January. Gov. Roy Cooper is expected to announce where we are statewide on Phase 3 reopening, or if Phase 2 continues.

The data coming out of the NC Dept. of Health & Human Services today isn’t awesome. New COVID-19 cases statewide amounted to 1,652 more than Thursday, for a total of 49,840 since NCDHHS officials began tracking the pandemic in March.

In Mecklenburg County, the official NCDHHS COVID-19 count was up 362 overnight for a cumulative total of 8,166.

It was the highest single-day increase since last Saturday. This, as the state contemplates face masks and how and when it will continue to reopen. Continued unemployment claims in May reached 564,068 vs. 18,930 in May 2019; a national survey from WalletHub says North Carolina has the 10th worst unemployment rate recovery in the nation.

Meanwhile, according to Johns Hopkins University, the median increases over the past week are still well ahead—about 35 percent greater—than the preceding 31 days—907 new daily cases over the past month, vs 1,234 new daily cases over the past week. (Main chart.)

The increase in cases comes as more testing occurs: A total of 712,313 tests statewide so far.

On a county level, Mecklenburg had a median of 241 new daily cases during the past week, vs 172 new daily cases over the past month, according to Johns Hopkins data.

The death count statewide rose to 1,197, an increase of 22 between yesterday at noon and today. For Mecklenburg County, the death toll rose by one to 131.

There were a total of 871 people hospitalized statewide due to COVID-19, up 14 from yesterday.

Tracking Mecklenburg: Median new cases by week, by month

Mecklenburg has had a 7-day running average accounting for approximately 18.9 percent of the state-wide cases per day. It is unlikely Mecklenburg has had days with zero new cases in the past week and month, as the chart suggests, but anomalies in testing and reporting. This is especially apparent as Cornelius Today notices significant dips in NC daily new cases which coincide with the same days Mecklenburg reported zero cases