For the first time since the pandemic began, Lincoln County's number of active COVID-19 cases reached 200 Tuesday. The county also added another death from the disease, bringing the total to 17.
Gaston County had two more deaths bringing their total to 89. Gaston County reported 1,019 active cases Tuesday.
Catawba County also reported two more deaths; the total there is now 57. Catawba County's number of new cases has now exceed 40 in three of the past five days; 43 more caSes were reported Tuesday.
Cleveland County's death toll increased by four from Friday's report. The county has now had 73 deaths related to the virus. Cleveland County had 261 active cases Tuesday. 34 of Cleveland County's deaths have been at nursing homes.
For the first time since July, the number of new cases reported statewide on Monday exceeded 2,000. 2,258 new cases were reported Monday; another 1,504 were reported Tuesday. The state's positive test rate was 5.7%. 33 more people were said to have died from the disease, bringing the state's death toll to 3,670.
North Carolina is now the state with the fastest growing number of new cases compared to population. 54 new cases per 100,000 population have been reported in the last week. South Dakota is second at 46 new cases per 100,000 population. Wisconsin has reported 41 new cases per 100,000 population. Montana has reported 33 cases per 100,000 people.
Contrary to what President Trump said, the coronavirus is much more deadly than the flu. Trump tweeted "Flu season is coming up! Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from the flu. Are we going to close down our Country? No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!"
Actually, the number of people who died from flu in last year's flu season, September to May (2019-2020) was estimated at 22,000. In 2018-2019, it was 34,000. 2017-2018 was an especially bad year for the flu with 61,000 deaths. Since March of this year, over 210,000 people in the US have died related to the coronavirus. Only twice since the pandemic of 1918=1919 has the US had over 100,000 flu deaths in a year. In 1967, just over 100,000 died from the flu; and in 1967, 116,000.
While I cannot discuss particulars because it was a closed conference call involving medical officials to which this reporter was privileged to listen in, the expectation is that before this pandemic is over, the death toll may exceed twice the number that have died so far. The worst months, most on the call agreed, will likely be December and January.