Publisher's note: The author of this post is Jon Sanders for the John Locke Foundation.
on COVID-19 in North Carolina are easiest to write when the data pass a noteworthy numerical threshold. Yesterday, for example, saw the following:
- 1,268 new cases on 29,024 tests — the lowest number of new cases announced on a day since June 30
- Only 4.4% of tests returned positive — the lowest proportion of tests returning positive announced on a single day since June 9
- Hospitalizations down some, to 1,086
- 8 new deaths
None of those numbers are particularly useful for keeping the populace sufficiently alarmed
.* Fortunately, a data milestone was also reached on this otherwise less-than-discouraging day:
- Over 100,000 total known cases (the count is up to 101,046)
Granted, that is total cases not counting recoveries:
- 78,707 total recoveries — meaning there are 20,697 known active cases
- Recoveries account for 78 percent of NC's known COVID-19 cases
- There are nearly four times as many recoveries as there are active cases
So what was reported?
Wondering out loud
- The News & Observer/Charlotte Observer: North Carolina COVID-19 cases surpass 100,000. Experts say it's just the beginning.
- WRAL: North Carolina reaches 100,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus
- ABC11 News (WTVD): More than 100,000 people in North Carolina have tested positive for COVID-19
- Spectrum News: The Latest: North Carolina Passes 100,000 Coronavirus Cases, Hospitalizations Down
- News & Record: Monday's COVID-19 update: N.C. cases surpass 100,000; hospitalizations across state drop to 1,086
- WNCT: NC surpasses 100,000 coronavirus cases as hospitalizations decline
- WSOC: COVID-19 in the Carolinas: NC surpasses 100,000 positive cases
- Fox 8 Greensboro: Coronavirus in North Carolina: Number of cases breaks 100,000; Here's a county-by-county breakdown of cases in the Piedmont Triad
- WBTV/WECT: North Carolina surpasses 100,000 COVID-19 cases as another 1,200+ test positive
- WNC Times: NC DHHS COVID-19 By the Numbers July 20, 2020 Over 100,000 Confirmed Cases
In two weeks
, which is when recoveries should also surpass 100,000, will our media showcase that fact?