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Rate of positive cases at 8% in today’s NCDHHS report

Aug. 20. By Dave Yochum. The NC Dept. of Health & Human Services today reported 1,972 new cases of COVID-19 statewide. The two-week high is 28.5 percent above the median number of daily new cases during the past month.

For the past seven days, however, the median number of new cases per day—1,248, according to Johns Hopkins University—is down 18.6 percent compared to the median number of daily cases over the past month.

The differential, based on data from Johns Hopkins University, has been as high as 27 percent. To review the Johns Hopkins US map of the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as world-wide data, click here.

Total COVID-19 cases will rise through the 150,000 mark sometime today, based on daily increases over the past month, ranging from 564 reported Monday to more than 2,300 reported on July 30.


Total statewide hospitalizations meanwhile rose by 22 in today’s NCDHHS report to 1,023. On July 20, there were 1,086 hospitalized; one week ago, 1,070.


Deaths statewide rose by 34 in today’s coronavirus report, down from 35 new deaths yesterday. The total since tracking began in March is now 2,465.

NC testing

Testing has topped the 2 million mark statewide, with positive tests coming back at the rate of 8 percent in today’s report.

NC Secretary of Health & Human Services Dr. Mandy Cohen said a positive test rate of 5 percent and trending downward is the goal. In recent days, North Carolina tests have moved upward slightly, from 6 percent last week.

Johns Hopkins reports 127,749 COVID-19 patients in North Carolina have recovered.


Based on data from Johns Hopkins University, the median number of daily new cases in Mecklenburg County’s over the past week is down 36.3 percent compared to the median number of daily new cases during the past month. (See chart below.)

The actual numbers, culled from Johns Hopkins University’s tracking system, are 191 median daily new cases over the past month vs. a median of 121 per day during the past week.

However, NCDHHS today reported 159 new cases in Mecklenburg—up from 116 new cases yesterday—for a total of 23,593 since the outbreak began. Positive tests are running at 6 percent in Mecklenburg.

Using data from Johns Hopkins, Mecklenburg accounts for 10.25 percent of the state’s new confirmed cases per day (7-day analysis). The proportion is down considerably from 16 percent one month ago.

North Meck

Cornelius: 4 new cases, total 393 (285 one month ago). 16 deaths total, none new in more than a month

Davidson: 2 new cases, total 223 (136 one month ago). 5 deaths total, none new in more than two weeks

Huntersville: 11 new cases, 724 total (446 one month ago). 10 deaths total, none new since Aug. 11