"The current trends aren't looking good." That was the word Monday afternoon (June 8th) from NC Dept. of Health & Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen. "COVID-19 hospitalizations are increasing and stand at 739 statewide; and the percent of tests that are positive is now among the highest in the nation," Cohen said. "I am concerned."
Cohen said the loosening of restrictions and the protests related to the death of George Floyd will likely mean more cases coming in the next few weeks.
Both Cohen and Governor Roy Cooper asked anyone who has attended a mass gathering in the last few weeks--including protests, religious services, parties, sporting events, or any other mass gathering to get tested, even if they are not displaying symptoms.
Thanks in part to increased testing, the state had another big increase in confirmed cases Monday. 938 new positive tests brings the state's total to 36,484. 9% of the newest tests have been positive. As of midday Monday, 1,006 people had died. The Monday report on recoveries totaled 23,653.
Nationally, the death toll surpassed 113,000. Around the world, 408 thousand people have died from the disease. Brazil has surpassed the UK for the most cases of any country other than the US. The Brazilian death toll is at least 37 thousand, but the government there has resisted shutdowns and has stopped giving out information on new cases and deaths on a regular basis. The UK has had over 40 thousand die.
New Zealand, which had reported 1,504 cases and 22 deaths, reported that it no longer had any active cases.
Locally, Lincoln County now has 37 active cases of COVID-19 after new positive tests have pushed the total so far to 105. 68 of those are said to have recovered. Five people were still awaiting test results as of Monday afternoon.
Catawba County's active case count is now 199 after eight new cases reported Monday. The county has had 98 people recover from the disease after 310 confirmed cases. Nine people remain hospitalized. 13 people have died from the disease in Catawba County.
Gaston County reported 90 active cases, 265 recovered and 8 deaths.
Cleveland County has now had 121 confirmed cases.
Mecklenburg County has had 114 deaths and 5,433 confirmed cases.