North Carolina reported more than 1,807 new COVID-19 cases Sunday. This brings the statewide total for those who have tested positive to 260,099.
N.C. Department of Health and Human Services also reported 13 more deaths. According to the state, there have been 4,157 people who have died due to complications of the virus since March. Across the state, a total of 1,148 patients are currently hospitalized due to the virus. By Sunday, 3,834,686 tests had been completed in the state, and the percent of positive tests is 7.2%.
On Friday, Sept. 25, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced it is adding information about antigen testing to the COVID-19 NC Dashboard, including positive COVID-19 cases and deaths diagnosed with an antigen test and the number of antigen tests completed daily.
An antigen-positive case of COVID-19 is a person who received a positive COVID-19 result from an antigen test and does not have a positive result from a molecular (PCR) test.
Antigen positive cases and deaths have now been incorporated onto North Carolina’s dashboards, resulting in 4,676 antigen positive cases and 27 deaths being added to the dashboards.
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requires states to report molecular (PCR) and antigen positive cases separately. Regardless of the test used, a person who tests positive is considered to have COVID-19,” NCDHHS officials stated. On Aug. 12, NCDHHS announced corrections to the state’s daily and cumulative completed COVID-19 test counts after discovering a discrepancy in testing data that had been submitted by LabCorp.
“Although this reporting error impacts our count of total tests completed, it does not alter our key metrics or change our understanding of COVID-19 transmission in North Carolina, which shows stabilization over the last few weeks,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D.
Officials said the error reduced NCDHHS’s official count of cumulative tests performed from 2,044,727 to 1,823,283. It did not impact the case count total or the percent positive calculation that NCDHHS reports. Going back to the beginning of the reporting error, the data will be updated to reflect the accurate number of tests performed.
Nearly half of all COVID-19 cases reported in North Carolina between March and August 1 were reported in July alone. At the end of June, N.C. had only reported 64,670 total cases since the beginning of March. That means the state saw a rise of 57,478 cases over 31 days – this is about 47.056 percent of all cases.