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Positive COVID-19 test rate rises to 6.5% statewide; steady around 4.3% in Mecklenburg

U.S. Air Force Graphic by Rosario ‘Charo’ Gutierrez

Sept. 30. The NC Dept. of Health and Human Services reported 1,495 new cases of COVID-19 statewide as well as 38 new related deaths today. New cases, of course, lead to hospitalizations, which rose by six statewide for a total of 956, according to the NCDHHS.

The state reports new COVID-19 cases on a daily basis as well as the rate of positive tests, hospitalizations and deaths. New cases increased from fewer than 900 both Monday and Tuesday. The statewide positive test rate, which had been hovering around 5 percent, rose to 6 percent Tuesday and 6.5 percent today.

NC Gov. Roy Cooper is set to address reopening during a press conference at 2 pm today. Phase 2.5 is scheduled to end at 5 pm Friday. The question is whether he will extend Phase 2.5 or announce a transition to Phase 3, which could bring about the reopening of bars, movie theaters, indoor entertainment facilities and amusement parks.

Video still from Gov. Coopers Sept. 1 press conference.


The NCDHHS reported 131 new cases in Mecklenburg County today, up from 70 new cases in yesterday’s report. The cumulative total is now 28,975 county-wide.

The NCDHHS reported two new deaths related to COVID-19 for the second day in a row. The total now stands at 356.

Mecklenburg coronavirus tests are coming back positive at the rate of 4.3 percent, more on target with goals set by the NCDHHS and the World Health Organization.

North Mecklenburg

Cornelius: 5 new cases, total 534. Total deaths remain at 16.

Davidson: 3 new cases, total 302. No new deaths since 9/25.

Huntersville: 5 new cases, total 984. No new deaths since 9/26.