North Carolina Trends by Reproduction Number

This section provides an overview of the trends for all of North Carolina. Additionally, it tries to put the burden of the disease in the context of different counties.

Infectious Spread

Disease Burden and Reproduction Number

While the reproduction number and the average number of reported cases per day are good metrics, they should really be viewed together. A lower reproduction number and a high number of active cases means that there is still a large amount of infection in the community. Similarly, a low number of infections but a very high reproduction number means that infection is spreading rapidly. Looking at these two metrics allows us to compare the state of disease spread in the different counties. Each county would ideally be in the lower left hand quadrant of the graph with a low number of infections and a low reproduction number.

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