Thursday marks the 1-year anniversary of the first lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 in the United States. Less than 2 months later, it was declared a global pandemic.
The first case of coronavirus was confirmed in North Carolina on March 11. Eight days later, the World Health Organization made the call for a global pandemic, leading to lockdowns and strict restrictions around the world in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.
While the signs are still fresh, and health experts want to see more days of data before forming a conclusion on the trends, the last few statewide case reports and daily positive test rates show the metrics could be coming back down.
According to North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services data, the average daily case increase has stuck close to 8,000 since early last week. That’s after rising fairly steadily from roughly 1,200 new cases per day back in September.
Similarly, the positive test rate over the last 14 days is now 12.8%. It had peaked last week at around 14.5%, and this is the first significant decline for the metric since early September. #WakeUpCLT #COVID19 #Coronavirus
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