Graphic by NCDHHS

Reprinted courtesy of OBX Voice

On the day before all North Carolina residents age 16 and older become eligible for a COVID vaccination, Gov. Roy Cooper laid out a generally positive view of the status of the outbreak in the state.

The key COVID-19 metrics “have remained stable over the last month,” he said at a Tuesday (April 6) press briefing, while cautioning that, “we need to be careful and responsible” in mitigating the spread of the virus.

In her review of the four key COVID-19 metrics, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) Secretary Mandy Cohen noted that the number of cases of COVID in the state “have leveled,” something she saw as good news given that some other states are seeing notable increases in cases.

On Tuesday, NCDHHS reported 870 cases of COVID-19, which appears to be the fewest cases in a single day since early October.

The NCDHHS’s County Alert System has been updated as of March 27 and there are no longer any North Carolina counties in the red zone, which equates to critical community spread of the virus.

In this update, Hyde County remains in the yellow category (significant community spread) it occupied after the mid-March update.

As of Friday, April 1, Hyde County Health Department reported two active COVID-19 cases, up from zero on March 27.

Neighbors to the north Dare County and Currituck County are among the 21 counties in the state in the orange category in the graphic meaning substantial community spread of the virus. That’s going the wrong direction from the yellow status they were both assigned in the last update on March 18.