On Nov. 19, DHHS reported the state's highest one-day number of COVID-19 cases with 4,296 new cases reported. While North Carolina is currently experiencing high levels of community transmission of COVID-19 statewide, the virus is impacting some counties particularly hard.
The state has established a new COVID-19 County Alert System to help North Carolinians understand how their county is faring and take actions to slow the spread of the virus. The system uses metrics informed by the White House Coronavirus Task Force and North Carolina’s key metrics to categorize counties into three tiers from least to most severe:
Yellow: Significant Community Spread
Orange: Substantial Community Spread
Red: Critical Community Spread
A combination of three metrics are used to categorize a county: the COVID-19 case rate, the percent of tests that are positive, and the hospital impact within the county. Under the system, 53 counties are currently experiencing critical or substantial community spread, with the remaining counties seeing significant community spread. The map will be updated every four weeks.
Learn more about how the system works and what steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones.
County Alert System, Information and Map