The state is constantly giving updates on the COVID-19 numbers, but not all the numbers.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS) has a COVID-19 Dashboard on its website with the latest numbers, but one number that isn’t displayed on the Dashboard is the number of COVID-19 deaths listed by day. The total number of deaths 1,325 as of Monday, June 29 is prominently displayed, but not the daily fatality numbers.
According to the numbers on the NCDHHS website, Saturday, June 27, in the entire state of 10.5 million people, three (3) people died from COVID-19. On Friday, June 26, in North Carolina, two (2) people died. That part of the graph is shaded with a gray box and if you hover over the top of the gray box, this message appears: “Specimens collected during this period may not yet be reported.” If you hover over the graph itself you get the date and number of deaths, but no such warning that the figures may not be accurate.
Even if those most recent numbers double, triple or quadruple as more specimens are reported, they will represent a huge drop from the high in the state on May 25 when 32 people died from COVID-19 according to the NCDHHS.
For the last week in which numbers are complete, the COVID-19 fatalities reported are: June 15 – 6 deaths; June 14 – 21 deaths; June 13 – 19 deaths; June 12 – 11 deaths; June 11 – 10 deaths; June 10 – 11 deaths; and June 9 – 12 deaths.
That is an average for the week of 12.8 deaths per day, which is itself a considerable decrease from the 32 deaths on May 25.
On average according to NCDHHS about 1,807 people die each week in North Carolina from all causes, which means during the last week for which complete figures are available, about 5 percent of the deaths in the state were from COVID-19.
Gov. Roy Cooper ordered everyone in the state to wear a face mask when out in public and refused to allow the state to transition into Phase 3 of the reopening process on June 26, at a time when the data from the NCDHHS show that deaths from COVID-19 are trending down.
One might think that the state’s fatality rate falling by about 60 percent since its height on May 25 would be news that Cooper and NCDHHS Director Dr. Mandy Cohen would be celebrating.
Back in March when the lockdown of the state began, it was supposed to be to prevent large numbers of North Carolinians with COVID-19 from overwhelming the hospitals and dying. If the numbers from NCDHHS are correct, it appears that has been accomplished. Even without the mandatory mask requirement in place, the death toll from the coronavirus has been greatly reduced according to NCDHHS figures.