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Spikes in new COVID cases continue, testing climbs

Using Johns Hopkins data, Cornelius Today compiled a chart of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 per day from May 12 through June 11 in North Carolina. While it appears that our numbers of contraction are on the rise, it is important to note that anomalies may occur in data reporting and testing. The average number of new daily cases since May 12 is 784 and its median is 754. The past 7-day average and median are significantly higher, at 1,073 and 1,111, respectively. The increasing 7-day aggregates indicate either an upward trend in confirmed cases, more accessibility to testing, or both. On June 11, the JHU Center for Systems Science and Engineering reported 1,111 cases, which was also the median number of new cases in the past seven days

June 12. By Dave Yochum. The numbers are not going in the right direction: Mecklenburg County and the State of North Carolina both had big increases overnight in the number of coronavirus cases since the NC outbreak began in March.

Statewide cases rose 1,768 in today’s noontime report from the NC Dept. of Health & Human Services, for a total of 41,249. Mecklenburg County cases jumped as well, climbing by 368 between yesterday and today.

Past week median well above past month

Both are record increases during a week of news-making increases.

In fact, Johns Hopkins University data shows a median number of 1,111 new cases in North Carolina over the past week, well above the median of 754 during the past 30 days.

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

That said, the number of people hospitalized due to COVID-19 statewide fell from 812 yesterday to 760 today. There were only 28 new deaths, down from 32 yesterday, for a total of 1,092 who have died from COVID-19, according to NCDHHS. One week ago, on Friday June 5, there were 966 deaths and 717 hospitalized.

Mecklenburg County’s case count rose by 383 for a total of 6,538—one of the the biggest spikes in NCDHHS data.

Testing nears 600,000

Testing has much to do with it as well as continued community spread since Phase 2 reopening got under way exactly three weeks ago today. There were 23,000 new tests between yesterday and today, for a total of 595,697.

Positive COVID-19 tests are running near 10 percent, among the highest rates in the country, according to NCDHHS.

Cornelius Today reports only NCDHHS data and Johns Hopkins University (JHU) data because of differences among counties as well as timing.

Compare and contract via JHU

JHU says the US just broke through 114,000 deaths nationwide, 10 times as many as Canada and Russia combined.

New York has had 30,630 deaths, and New Jersey, 12,443 deaths, in total 40 times more than North Carolina’s COVID-19 death toll.

The US has had more COVID-19 cases as Brazil, Russia, India, United Kingdom and Spain combined.

Here are the Top 10 countries, according to JHU:

2,031,173 US
802,828 Brazil
510,761 Russia
297,535 India
294,401 United Kingdom
243,209 Spain
236,305 Italy
214,788 Peru
192,493 France
187,226 Germany


One Response to “Spikes in new COVID cases continue, testing climbs”

  1. …if the data is accurate.Who can you believe?

    Posted by Fran PArk | June 12, 2020, 3:24 pm

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