Volume of new COVID-19 cases has eased

Grant Boone
October 27, 2020

Of the cases requiring hospitalization to date, more than two-thirds (66%) have been under 65 years of age, and over half reported having a chronic health condition.

October 25. The number of new COVID-19 cases statewide reported by the NC Dept. of Health and Human Services eased somewhat today to 1,643, down from 1,807 new cases yesterday and more than 2,400 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of last week. "So we're not seeing more sickness, we're just seeing more positives".

The total number of cases in North Carolina is now at 261,742.

A month previous, on September 21st, 258 clusters or outbreaks of Covid-19 had been reported in the HSE South region.

Through Saturday, 16 people were hospitalized. The state showed two new deaths in Delta and Gogebic counties and one new in Dickinson and Marquette counties. At least 14 cases over the last week are linked to this happening.

Using only the state figures Saturday, the Upper Peninsula has had 4,970 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date and 92 deaths.

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The county now has 1,766 total cases.

Health experts had warned that it was only a matter of time before deaths turned upward, given the record-breaking surge in cases engulfing the country.

Dr. Lloyd Fisher, president of the MA chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said the new levels of positive tests among the youngest is "a good thing", describing it as evidence that the public health apparatus is catching cases and responding with contact tracing and isolation.

Despite those concerns, the state publishes antigen numbers in once-weekly county-level reports that are issued on Mondays.

In the USA, almost 8.7 million cases had been reported and more than 225,000 people had died as of Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University data. A total of 25,705 New Yorkers have died since mid-March. On Friday, there were 550 new recorded cases of the coronavirus.

The World Health Organization considers rates above 5% concerning because it suggests there are more cases in the community that have not yet been uncovered.

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