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Is the percent of positive COVID-19 tests in North Carolina changing?

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Taking a closer look at North Carolina's COVID-19 positive cases a viewer asks the I-team Coronavirus Help Desk,

“Why is the positive-to-test ratio not changing?"

It has. If you go back to May, the state’s average of positive test results for COVID-19 was 7%. North Carolina positive COVID-19 test rate is averaging between 8% to 10% since mid-June.

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Not all labs report negative tests, so the state calculates the numbers based only on labs that report both positive and negative results, according to the state epidemiologist.

If you look at individual mountain counties, you may get a better sense of the numbers. Macon County has seen their positive test percentage jump to 20%. In Henderson County, the positive test ratio is averaging 10%. Haywood and Buncombe County are at 4%. Buncombe County’s medical director Dr. Jennifer Mullendore pointed out during Thursday, July 9 briefing, the percent positive has doubled in Buncombe County what it was just weeks ago, showing more are testing positive as COVID-19 spreads.

You can find North Carolina's percentage of positive COVID-19 data along with a county breakdown, HERE.

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