ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — North Carolina health officials are now providing a more in-depth look into COVID-19 cases across the state.
You can now find demographic data per 100,000 residents and total deaths by week on the state's COVID-19 dashboard.
To start, pick a county, then select "cases" or "deaths." You can then see available data by age group, gender, race, and ethnicity.
In Buncombe County, the data shows an upward trend when it comes to cases. The purple color on the graph represents white people, which make up most of the cases in the county.
Women make up 55 percent of the cases in Buncombe County, compared to only 45 percent of men.
The state plans to update these demographics weekly.
Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen said that, statewide, trends aren't going in the right direction.
"No one wants to go backwards, and I think that there are things we can do right now to try to prevent that from happening, but we are going in the wrong direction," Dr. Cohen said. "And additional state action may be necessary, and we continue to look at all of those options."
Demographic information is not available for all cases since some people cannot be reached or choose not to disclose it. Because demographic data are often obtained through case investigations by local health departments, there can be a lag in when the data are available. Therefore, data displayed for the most recent two-week period are often incomplete.
When a county has a population of fewer than 500 individuals for a specific demographic group or fewer than three cases occurring in a week, some data are suppressed to protect patient privacy.
See Cases Demographics here: https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard/cases-demographics