Fewer new COVID-19 cases reported in NC as key testing metric stays near target

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North Carolina added new cases, with large venues likely able to start letting audiences in starting Friday. Governor Roy Cooper to announce executive order updates.
North Carolina added 868 new COVID-19 cases Monday, a drop from the 1,290 new cases reported Sunday.

Monday's lab-confirmed cases bring the state's total to 208,248 since the coronavirus pandemic stated in March, the state Department of Health and Human Services reported. The official total is likely an undercount because tests were rationed early in the pandemic.

DHHS reported Monday that 184,422 people are presumed recovered. The estimate is based on when people tested positive and whether or not they were hospitalized.

On Friday, the state started including cases and deaths that had been diagnosed with rapid antigen tests in overall totals, in addition to the molecular, or PCR, test that DHHS has reported since March.

In incorporating the antigen tests, the state increased its case county by 6,140, a one-time addition to retroactively backfill the case counts starting with May 20, when the first antigen positive case was reported, a DHHS spokesperson said.

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Antigen positive cases make up 2% of cases and 0.7% of deaths in North Carolina so far, DHHS said.

State residents have taken nearly 3 million coronavirus tests.

The PCR test is processed in a lab and looks for the virus' genetic material. The antigen test is processed at a point of care and looks for proteins on the surface of the virus.

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