NC Coronavirus: Maps, graphs and data

As cases of COVID-19, the illness associated with the new coronavirus, spread across North Carolina and the world, WRAL News is providing interactive maps, graphs and data to help explain the spread of this disease, now classified as a pandemic. Click here for the latest coronavirus coverage from WRAL's news archive.

NOTE: On Sept. 25, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services began releasing data on both molecular (PCR) and antigen testing in North Carolina. WRAL added this data on Sept. 28, resulting in updates to several of the graphs and charts on the dashboard below. Read more about the corrections and compare the changes here.

New reported COVID-19 cases, deaths in NC

New laboratory confirmed cases and deaths are based on daily reporting from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services via the agency's COVID-19 dashboard. The dashboard started publishing case counts on March 13 and death counts on March 26. Because these case and death numbers can lag slightly based on the time it takes labs to process tests and health officials to confirm cases, we're also calculating a seven-day rolling average to show the curve of cases. NOTE: This chart now includes cases and deaths identified through antigen testing, which DHHS began reporting on its dashboard on Sept. 25. Read more about the corrections and compare the changes here.

Source: N.C. DHHS
Graphic:
Tyler Dukes, WRAL

New COVID-19 cases by county

The curves below, showing a 7-day rolling average of reported new cases in each county, use data collected from state health officials by Johns Hopkins University's Coronavirus Resource Center. The counties are sorted by the largest total of lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases, and the top-20 counties are shown by default. Vertical axes are scaled by default based on the largest number of new cases. Select the variable axis setting to scale each county's cases individually to see their respective spikes. Enter a county below to highlight it for comparison. NOTE: Starting on Sept. 25, the Johns Hopkins data began including cases identified through antigen testing reported by DHHS. The addition of these cases appears as a sharp spike in some counties.

Source: Johns Hopkins CSSE
Graphic: Tyler Dukes, WRAL // Get the data

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COVID-19 testing trends in NC

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services started releasing the total number of patients tested for COVID-19 on March 18. DHHS doesn't publish raw numbers detailing daily negative and positive tests from labs reporting both of these figures - just percentages. So WRAL is calculating the percentage of positive tests here on a rolling average based on the last seven days of reported new cases divided by the number of reported new tests. NOTE: Positivity calculations, new tests and cumulative tests in this chart now include tests identified through antigen testing, which DHHS began reporting on its dashboard on Sept. 25. Read more about the corrections and compare the changes here.

Source: N.C. DHHS
Graphic:
Tyler Dukes, WRAL

Reported COVID-19 hospitalizations in NC

The count of patients currently hospitalized is reported daily by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and reflects of a daily survey of hospitals. Because the response rate of that survey varies day to day, we're showing a rolling 7-day average of hospitalizations calculated since the state began reporting numbers consistently on March 24.

Source: N.C. DHHS
Graphic: Tyler Dukes, WRAL

Total reported COVID-19 cases, deaths in NC

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services updates the number of cumulative lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths daily at around noon. This chart shows the cumulative count of cases. NOTE: This chart now includes cases and deaths identified through antigen testing, which DHHS began reporting on its dashboard on Sept. 25. Read more about the corrections and compare the changes here.

Total COVID-19 cases, deaths by zip code

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The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services began releasing zip code-level data on cases and deaths on May 1. Search by zip code to find the rates of cases and deaths for your area. Aggregate counts are based on where patients live. DHHS has supressed counts for some zip codes with populations of less than 500 and cases less than five due to privacy concerns. Population estimates for each zip code, included in the state's data, were calculated by Esri Inc. through a state contract. Due to differences in zip code geographies used in a new version of the state's dashboard launched May 20, some case and deaths counts here may differ slightly from that new dashboard. To stay consistent, WRAL is using state data originally published May 1 and updated by DHHS daily through its ArcGIS site. NOTE: As of Sept. 28, the data on this map includes cases and deaths identified both through PCR and antigen tests.

Source: N.C. DHHS // Updated: Sept. 30
Graphic: Tyler Dukes, WRAL // Get the data

Total COVID-19 cases, deaths by county

This North Carolina map of COVID-19 cases is updated daily based on cumulative numbers of county-level COVID-19 cases and deaths reported by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. Click on or hover over any highlighted county in the map to see details of the cases in that county. Darker shaded counties have the highest number of cases. NOTE: As of Sept. 28, the data on this map includes cases and deaths identified both through PCR and antigen tests.

Source: N.C. DHHS
Graphic: Alex Phillips & Tyler Dukes, WRAL

New reported COVID-19 cases, deaths in the U.S.

Data collected and updated daily by the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center shows both new cases and a seven-day rolling average in the U.S. since Feb. 24, when the country broke about 100 total cases.

Source: Johns Hopkins CSSE
Graphic: Tyler Dukes & Alex Phillips, WRAL

New unemployment claims in NC

On March 18, the N.C. Division of Employment Security began sporadically releasing details on the number of cumulative unemployment claims filed since March 16, most of them triggered by layoffs related to the novel coronavirus. See how those numbers compare to cumulative new claims filed during a similar time period in 2019 and the 2009 recession, acccording to data from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Source: N.C. DES, U.S. Department of Labor
Graphic: Tyler Dukes, WRAL


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