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Positive COVID-19 test results remain high; Meck gains 300 new cases

Graphic by Jason Benavides/Cornelius Today

July 24. By Dave Yochum. Mecklenburg County reported 300 new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases Friday. Statewide, the number of new coronavirus cases jumped 2,102 for a total of 108,995, according to the NC Dept. of Health & Human Services.

All numbers are cumulative, representing data collected since March. To review the NCDHHS data directly, click here.

Hospitalizations, meanwhile, stand at 1,182 statewide, six fewer than yesterday’s record high. Exactly a month ago, the NCDHHS was reporting 906 people hospitalized with the coronavirus in North Carolina.

Using Johns Hopkins University’s data, the median number of COVID-19 cases per day from June 23 through July 23 in North Carolina was 1,862, up 4.4 percent from the median of 1,783 daily new cases over the past month. The difference in recent days has exceeded 10 percent; in prior weeks more than 20 percent.

The trend of positive COVID-19 tests is running at 9 percent, higher than the 5 percent that NCDHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen’s target. Positive tests have ranged between about 8 percent and 10 percent in recent weeks. The total number of test has soared: From 791,285 one month ago to today’s figure in excess of 1.55 million.


Total deaths in North Carolina climbed 20 to 1,746 cumulative since March. In Mecklenburg, there were two new deaths between yesterday’s NCDHHS report and today’s, for a total of 183 since the outbreak began. Total US deaths reached 144,552 at noon today, according to Johns Hopkins.

It was just under two months ago—May 28—when the number of people in the United States who have died from COVID-19 surpassed 100,000.

North Mecklenburg

In Cornelius, the NCDHHS is reporting a total of 313 cases, up six from yesterday. Ten days ago there were only 247 total cases in Cornelius. However, there have been no new deaths in more than a month. Apparently all the Cornelius COVID-19 deaths, 16 of them, occurred at Autumn Care during the late winter/early spring.

In Davidson, the NCDHHS reports five new cases for a total of 158. There have been no new deaths recently.

In Huntersville, there were 17 new cases overnight, according to NCDHHS, bringing the cumulative total to 492. Deaths have also been level at 6, since one new death reported Sunday/Monday. Ten days ago there were 364 total cases in Huntersville, which means more than a third of new cases were logged since July 14.


NCDHHS estimates a median time to recovery of 14 days from the date of specimen collection for non-fatal COVID-19 cases who were not hospitalized, or if hospitalization status is unknown. The estimated median recovery time is 28 days from the date of specimen collection for hospitalized non-fatal COVID-19 cases.

As of Monday, 78,707 coronavirus patients are presumed recovered, according to NCDHHS.

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 23 through July 23. The state’s average number of new daily cases since June 23 is 1,715 and its median is 1,783. The past seven-day average and median are higher at 1,917 and 1,862.