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New cases climb again, but positive test rate is falling

Using John Hopkins data, we compiled new confirmed COVID-19 cases in NC from Aug. 11 to Sept. 10. The state’s median number of new cases since Aug. 11 is 1,263 and the state’s median over the past 7 days is 1,086.

Sept. 1. By Dave Yochum. The NC Dept. of Health & Human Services today reported 1,532 new cases of COVID-19 statewide, up from 1,222 new cases yesterday.

The trend over the past week vs the past month shows a 14 percent decline in the median number of new cases, based on data from Johns Hopkins University.

But the rate of positive tests statewide dropped to 5.3 percent from 6.3 percent in yesterday’s report.  The goal, according to NCDHHS, is for positive tests to come back at 5 percent and head downward from there. Mecklenburg’s positive test rate fell to 5.7 percent.

NCDHHS reported 938 people hospitalized statewide due to COVID-19, up from 928 yesterday and 916 the day before. It’s a marked improvement from exactly one month ago when the NCDHHS reported 1,122 people hospitalized in North Carolina due to COVID-19

With 33 new deaths attributed to COVID-19 overnight, the cumulative death toll statewide rose above 3,000 to a total of 3,023 since the outbreak began here in March.

—Total tests in North Carolina exceeded 2.55 million.

Mecklenburg County

Mecklenburg accounted for 8.86 percent of the state’s new confirmed cases per day, down from 10 percent in recent weeks. (See chart below)

NCDHHS today reported 119 new cases in Mecklenburg—up from 85 new cases yesterday—for a total of 26,683 since the outbreak began. The trend, though, is downward. The volume of new daily cases over the past week is running 38 percent below that of the past month.

Deaths in Mecklenburg rose by five, to 331.

North Meck

—Cornelius: 4 new cases, cumulative total 483. 16 deaths total, none new in two months

—Davidson: 1 new case, total 275. 5 deaths total, none new in more than a month

—Huntersville: 3 new cases, 858 total. 11 deaths total, 1 new Aug. 26