From 69 on Friday, Lincoln COunty's positive case count for COVID-19 increased to 146 Tuesday (Sept. 29th). The number of deaths from the disease remained at 15.
Gaston County's active case count declined a bit...downt to 1,269 Tuesday...1,373 Monday...compared to 1,442 Friday. The rate of positive tests for the virus also improved slightly. It had been 7.95% the week of Sep. 6-12. For the week of Sep. 13-19, it was 7.59% Three more deaths related to COVID-19 brought that figure to 86.
Catawba County had another virus-related death; they've now had 54. Catawba County had its first reported cluster of cases in a school or child care center. Miss Millie's Child Care Center in Maiden had 8 staff members and one child to test positive for the disease.
Cleveland County's active cases increased to 228 Monday and the death toll to 62.
North Carolina's number of confirmed cases increased dramatically last week when the antigen quick tests were added to the figure. That caused an increase of over 6,000 cases in one day, but the antigen test results were from May, June, July, August and September, so it didn't mean that many 'new' cases. North Carolina's case count is now over 209,000 and 3,500 people have died in our state relative to the disease.
The world death toll has now topped a million people according to Johns Hopkins University. The CDC places the US death toll at over 205,000. The US has had almost 7.2 million reported infections.
Health experts warn things will likely get worse, a prediction share by historians based on what happened with the 1918 flu pandemic. It's now expected that the worst months for new cases of the disease may be yet to come instead of already passed. With people spending more time indoors as Fall & Winter progress and with gatherings for the holidays and relaxation of restrictions likely despite health warnings, some are predicting that the worst months may be November, December and January.
Only 20 states are holding steady in the number of new cases daily, while 23 are reporting increases including both North & South Carolina.