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COVID-19 ‘fatigue’ contributing to spike in cases

Average number of new cases over past 7 days running 13.8% ahead of previous 31 day average

Nov. 12. By Dave Yochum. The NC Dept. of Health & Human Services today reported 2,893 new cases statewide, 226 fewer than the record 3,119 new cases set yesterday.

The volume of new cases over the past week is now running 13.8 percent ahead of the average number of new cases over the previous 31 days based on data collected by Johns Hopkins University (2,537 over 7 days vs. 2,228 over 31 days.)

Nationwide, JHU is reporting that the coronavirus new case count climbed over 144,072 yesterday for a nationwide cumulative total of 10.4 million.

In North Carolina, the cumulative total now stands at 303,454.

In Mecklenburg County, there were 207 new cases in today’s NCDHHS, down from 318 yesterday. The record, 380 new cases in a day, was set on Tuesday.


Two days after NC Gov. Roy Cooper extended Phase 3 reopening into December and imposed limits on Thanksgiving gatherings, tests came back positive at the rate of 7.9 percent statewide for the second day in a row. In Mecklenburg County, positive tests are running at 6.8 percent, also for a second day in a row.

The goal, according to NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, is to trend down from 5 percent.

Cohen is being considered for President-elect Joe Biden’s Department of Health and Human Services.

Mandy Cohen press conference

In a press conference Tuesday, she said COVID-19 fatigue is contributing to a casual—and dangerous approach—to the pandemic which has claimed  some 242,000 lives nationwide.

At the same press conference, Gov. Cooper set a limit of 10 people on social gatherings indoors.


There were eight new deaths statewide due to COVID-19, down from 38 yesterday. A total of 4,706 North Carolinians have died due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Mecklenburg, there were two new deaths in today’s NCDHHS report for a total of 412.


Hospitalizations statewide were at 1,279, up 33 from yesterday, according to the NCDHHS.

North Mecklenburg

Cornelius: 8 new cases, 789 cumulative; 17 deaths total.

Davidson: 1 new case, 408 cumulative; 7 deaths total.

Huntersville: 13 new cases, 1,437 cumulative; 14 deaths total.