North Carolina health officials have reported 2,057 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, marking the sixth consecutive day officials have reported more than 2,000 cases, but the first day since Wednesday cases were fewer than 2,800.
Statewide, there have been 276,692 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 since March. The state reported five more deaths on Saturday, bringing the death toll in North Carolina to 4,383.
“With another record day of cases reported, we are seeing warning signs in our metrics that we need to heed,” according to health officials. Across the state, a total of 1,122 patients are currently hospitalized due to the virus. By Saturday, 4,083,844 had been completed in the state, and the percent of positive tests is 6.0%.
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 June 24, N.C. Governor Roy Cooper announced that residents would be required to wear face masks in public as coronavirus cases continued to rise at an alarming rate.
This Executive Order became effective at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 26., and there is no word on when it may be lifted. While the order is in effect, residents must wear face coverings when in public places, indoors or outdoors, where physical distancing of 6 feet from other people who aren’t in the same household or residence isn’t possible.