Sunday, July 5, 2020

Week by week: COVID-19 cases in North Carolina

Total tests (positive and negative) as of 7/4:  1,018,296 -- a one-week increase of 163,165 compared to 123,790 on 6/27.  

New cases week by week:
  • Jun 28-Jul 4:  11,117  (up 22% from previous week)
  • June 21-27:      9,146  (up 5% from previous week)
  • June 14-20:      8,713  (up 8% from previous week)   
  • June 6-13:        8,051  (up 14% from previous week)
  • May 31-Jun 6: 7,052  (up 43% from previous week )
  • May 24-30:        4,948  (up 4% from previous week)
  • May 17-23:        4,743
  • May 10-16:        3,622
  • May 3-9:            2,851
  • Apr 25-May 2:   2,886
  • April 18-24:       2,483 
  • April 11-17:       1,828
  • April 4-10:         1,467

COVID-19 deaths in North Carolina are projected to peak on May 5. Total projected deaths;  251.  (NPR.  From April 7, now outmoded.  North Carolina latest death toll:  1,395)  

Deaths reported:
  • As of March 21 -       0
  • As of March 28 -       4
  • As of April     4 -     24  (+  20) 
  • As of April   11 -     80  (+  56)
  • As of April   18-    164  (+  84)
  • As of April   25 -   289  (+125)
  • As of May      2 -   420  (+131)
  • As of May      9 -   544  (+124)
  • As of May    16 -   652  (+108)
  • As of May    23 -   737  (+  85)
  • As of May    30 -   877  (+140)
  • As of June     6 -    992   (+115)
  • As of June   13 - 1,104   (+112)
  • As of June   20 - 1,212   (+108)
  • As of June   27 - 1,312   (+100)
  • As of July      4 - 1,395   (+  83)

Related reading:
The most COVID-19 cases in NC are now among young people. Here’s why officials are worried.  (Raleigh News & Observer, 7/4/2020)
Meanwhile, scenes like those on Glenwood South prompted the City of Raleigh to start requiring people to wear face coverings. That requirement has since been expanded statewide. 
Cohen said younger people may feel less susceptible to the virus. That, she said, could be a dangerous way of thinking.
“When you’re younger, you feel more invincible,” Cohen said. “You don’t think, ‘Well, if I get it, I get it and it’s not going to harm anyone.’ But that’s actually the wrong way of looking at this. When we see more spread in our younger folks, who may not get quite as sick, they are still risks to those that would get more sick.”

The politics of masks: How face coverings became so divisive in NC and beyond.  (Raleigh News & Observer, 6/27/2020)
Heedless Trumpers answering the call.  The number of people who attended the protest was relatively small, compared to those who gathered in support of reopening businesses while many remained closed in North Carolina throughout April and most of May. Nonetheless, those who showed up Friday represented a not-insignificant portion of the population that not only dismisses the call to wear masks to slow the spread of the virus, but views the mandate as an intrusion on their constitutional rights. 
For months, public health officials have made clear that wearing a mask, or a covering over one’s mouth and nose, is among the most effective ways to slow the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. And still, even amid a surge of cases throughout the South, masks have not been universally embraced. Like a lot of things in America in 2020, they’ve instead become a point of partisan contention, another symbol of division.
North Carolina coronavirus hospitalizations set a new record, as tests surpass 600,000.  (Raleigh News & Observer, 6/13/2020)
North Carolina’s rate remains among the highest in the country, said Dr. Mandy Cohen, DHHS secretary, on Friday. 
Cohen wants it to drop closer to 5%. 
The disease is growing through communal spread, she said, and linked the increase to the past two to three weeks.   
“It’s very much linked to when we started reopening,” she said.  [emphasis added]
NC’s COVID-19 cases peak for third day in a row as completed tests near 500,000.  (Raleigh News & Observer, 6/6/2020)

“These are very concerning numbers,” DHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen said in an emailed statement. “We must protect our loved ones and neighbors by working together. It begins with the three Ws — wearing a face covering, waiting six feet apart and washing hands frequently. It doesn’t stop there. Testing and knowing who has been exposed so they can have the resources and support they need are our tools for slowing the spread of this virus.”  
Coronavirus cases take biggest jump, as crowds in NC cities protest police killing.  (Raleigh News Observer, 5/30/2020) 

The state has often warned that its case total could be much higher because not all people with coronavirus have been tested. Testing continues to surge across the state, which DHHS has noted could account for the higher caseload. 
Of those infected patients, 638 were hospitalized statewide, a drop from 680 on Friday. Inpatient and intensive-care-unit beds remain available across North Carolina. The state’s death toll from COVID-19 hit 877 Saturday, rising by 18 since Friday.
North Carolina Reports Highest One Day Spike Of COVID-19 Cases.  (NPR, 5/23/2020)
"This is a notable and concerning increase," said the department's secretary, Mandy Cohen. "As we head into a holiday weekend, please practice the three Ws – wear a face covering, wait six feet apart, and wash your hands frequently. When it comes to our health, we need to work together to protect our families, friends and neighbors." 
The spike in new cases underscores the challenge that states across the country are facing as they weigh when to ease restrictions designed to stem the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. 
North Carolina had spent two weeks in phase one of its reopening before entering the second phase on Friday. Phase two lifted the state's stay-at-home order and allowed certain businesses to restart or expand operations in a limited capacity.

Related posts:
Alabama.  (6/29/2020)
Arizona.  (6/29/2020)
Arkansas.  (7/2/2020)
California.  (7/5/2020)
Connecticut.  (7/3/2020)
Florida.  (6/29/2020)
Georgia.  (6/29/2020)
Idaho.  (7/5/2020)
Illinois.  (6/30/2020)
Indiana.  (6/27/2020)
Iowa.  (7/3/2020)
Kansas.  (7/2/2020)
Kentucky.  (7/2/2020)
Louisiana.  (7/4/2020)
Maryland.  (7/1/2020)
Massachusetts.  (6/30/2020)
Michigan.  (6/30/2020)
Minnesota.  (7/2/2020)
Mississippi.  (6.29/2020)
Montana. (7/3/2020)
Nebraska.  (7/2/2020)
Nevada.  (7/1/2020)
New Jersey,  (6/30/2020)
New York.  (6/30/2020)
North Carolina.  (7/5/2020)
North Dakota.  (6/28/2020)
Ohio.  (7/4/2020)
Pennsylvania.  (6/30/2020)
South Carolina.  (7/1/2020)
South Dakota.  (7/2/2020)
Tennessee.  (7/3/2020)
Texas   (7/4/2020)
Utah.  (6/30/2020)
Virginia.  (7/3/2020)
Washington State.  (6/12/2020)
West Virginia.  (7/1/2020)
Wisconsin.  (7/4/2020)

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