Lincoln County's count of active COVID-19 cases went up again Tuesday from last Friday's report. Another person from a congregate living facility died bringing the county's deaths from the disease to 14. As of Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 8th) the county had 118 known active cases. 11 more people had recovered from the disease since Friday.
Gaston County also had another death related to the coronavirus, bringing its total to 67. The number of active cases there declined, however, by 100 since Friday. It is now 1,150.
Catawba County's death total also increased by one since Friday; it's now 48. The number of new cases reported there has taken a sharp downward turn over the last week. Only five new cases were reported Tuesday.
Cleveland County had two new deaths, bringing that county's total to 50. The county had 121 active cases Tuesday afternoon.
Statewide, just over a thousand new cases were reported and deaths from the disease increase to 2,909 by Tuesday's report, although another 21 people's deaths will be added to that figure, so the actual death toll is now 2,930.
Thanks in large part to the ropening of schools, coronavirus cases are rising in at least 22 states. That's according to Reuters, but another source puts that number at 41 states.
As little as three weeks ago, cases were increasing in only three states, Hawaii, Illinois and South Dakota according to Reuters.
On a percentage basis, South Dakota had the biggest increase over the past two weeks at 126%, reporting over 3,700 new cases. Health officials have linked some of the rise to that big motorcycle rally at Sturgis in August.
Cases were also rising rapidly in Iowa, with 13,600 new infections in the past two weeks, and North Dakota, with 3,600 new cases in the same period.
The percentage of positive results among those tested for the disease was highest in Iowa at 24 percent. It was followed by South Dakota at 23 percent and North Dakota at 20 percent.
The number of new cases actually decreased in Florida, Texas & California, three hot spots for the disease. They still showed big numbers of new cases, but those numbers were lower on daily reports than in previous weeks. Georgia also saw a decline in new cases. After showing declines in new cases for over a week, North Carolina and South Carolina both saw their number of new cases reported daily increase over the past week.
We hesitate to mention it, but a group of people who don't care about the health of others and have mostly already shown themselves to value their own alleged rights beyond the lives of other people will hold an anti-mask day on September 15th. They've taken to Reddit and Facebook (and possibly other social media sites) to spread their selfishness. May God forgive them and we hope they DON'T get the disease--and more important--that if they do, they don't spread it to others.