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One measure of COVID-19 improves; Cornelius not joining ban on late-night alcohol sales

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper arrives for a press briefing on the COVID-19 virus at the Emergency Operations Center on Thursday, June 18, 2020 in Raleigh, N.C.

July 15. By Dave Yochum. As Gov. Roy Cooper extends Phase Two reopening three more weeks—it keeps bars and gyms from reopening—and Charlotte, Davidson, Matthews and Mint Hill opt to limit late-night alcohol sales to help slow the spread of COVID-19, much of the data from the NC Dept. of Health & Human Services continues to trend upward.

One exception: Positive tests results have fallen from about 10 percent of all coronavirus tests to about 8 percent.

Using Johns Hopkins University’s data, Cornelius Today compiled a chart of North Carolina’s new confirmed cases of COVID-19 per day from June 14 through July 14. The state’s average number of new daily cases since June 14 is 1,521 and its median is 1,465. The past seven-day average and median are both between 300 and 400 cases higher, at 1,959 and 1,898.

Today there were 1,782 new cases of COVID-19 statewide, for a total of 91,266 since NCDHHS began tracking the outbreak in March. It comes off increases of 1,956 yesterday and a record 2,462 on Saturday.

The median number of daily new cases over the past month in North Carolina is 1,465. During the past week, the median number of new cases per day rose 29.55 percent to 1,898. Cornelius Today uses data supplied by Johns Hopkins University and NCDHHS. To view the NCDHHS data, click here.

Cornelius won’t join in

Restrictions on alcohol sales after 10 pm aren’t under consideration in Cornelius, said Mayor Woody Washam. “Our businesses are currently respectful and compliant to the guidelines. We are hopeful that will continue,” he said.

Data from NCDHHS shows 249 cases of the coronavirus so far in Cornelius, up from 216 on Sunday. Sixteen people have died in 28031, apparently all of them at the Autumn Care nursing home on Zion Avenue.

Mecklenburg hot spot

Mecklenburg County is the COVID-19 hot spot in North Carolina, with a seven-day running average accounting for 17.2 percent of the state-wide cases per day.

Mecklenburg, which has 10 percent of the state’s population, had 320 new cases of the coronavirus overnight, for a total of 15,950 since the outbreak was first tracked here in March.

There have been 164 deaths county-wide, and 1,568 statewide.

Gov. Cooper said North Carolina’s coronavirus stats aren’t spiking like they are in some other states, but they remain “troubling,” he said.

North Carolina vs. Cuba

North Carolina’s population is 10.6 million and climbing. Cuba, whose population is 11.3 million, according to Worldometer.com, has had 2,432 cases of the coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins. Total deaths in Cuba due to COVID-19 are at 87. Mecklenburg alone has had 164 deaths due to the coronavirus, according to NCDHHS, and 15,950 cases.

In Davidson, there have been 115 cases of COVID-19; in Huntersville there have been 374.