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COVID-19 data encouraging one day before Phase 2 begins

To accurately represent the difference between the United States and North Carolina’s new cases per day, we used a logarithmic graph. Rather than a linear increase on the y-axis, a logarithmic chart increases in tens. Each labeled gridline is multiplied by ten such that the United States’ daily cases do not dwarf North Carolina’s or flatten North Carolina’s cases towards the bottom of the graph. Data: Johns Hopkins University

May 21. By Dave Yochum. At least 20,910 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus, and 716 have died as of late Thursday morning, but testing statewide is way up.

According to new data from the NC Dept. of Health & Human Services, 290,645 COVID-19 tests have been given, up 4.7 percent in a single day and up 32.6 percent in a week, so it’s only logical that positive results would climb continuously.

Between April 25 and May 18, the median number of new cases per day in North Carolina was 470 and the average was 454.92.

Cornelius Today’s graph of North Carolina’s new COVID-19 cases shows a dramatic dip on May 19—31 new cases—which is most likely a discrepancy in data collecting rather than an actual decrease in cases. Indeed, the following day, May 20, North Carolina’s new reported cases surged to 1,023. This is also unlikely. On May 19 and May 20, the actual number of cases probably reflected the average or median.

Testing, however, is one of the key ways to track and contain outbreaks which too frequently explode in congregate living facilities like Autumn Care in Cornelius where 18 elderly residents have died.

The statewide COVID-19 death count is up 2 percent in a single day, up 16.4 percent in one week, based on data provided by NCDHHS. Click here to view the state’s interactive COVID-19 dashboard directly.

The state reports 578 current hospitalizations due to COVID-19, up 14 percent from exactly a week ago.

The site is updated each day around 11 am.

Phase Two of reopening begins at 5 pm tomorrow, amidst criticism of Gov. Cooper for a conservative approach to the pandemic.

Personal care services and restaurants will be allowed to open but with requirements to not exceed 50 percent capacity, as well as to keep groups six feet apart and more intense sanitation and hand-washing procedures.

The governor did not open fitness centers, health clubs, yoga, martial arts, dance studios, trampoline facilities, gyms, bars, nightclubs, playgrounds, bowling alleys, movie theaters, skating rinks, reception facilities, museums and amusement parks.

Phase Three begins in five weeks at which time they are expected to open.

North Carolina is faring much better than New York, the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, more than 28,600 people have died from COVID-19 in New York compared to 728 in North Carolina. New York’s population is roughly twice the size of North Carolina’s population; their land masses are similar, underlining the fact that COVID-19 transmission has much to do with population density.

We compared New York, New Jersey and North Carolina: