Sharp-eyed readers may have noticed something in my post last week about how the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) lags the rest of the nation by over four months in reporting death data to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). I posted the national and state charts from the CDC showing excess deaths from Covid-19. North Carolina’s chart ended on January 30, at the pandemic’s peak. The chart for the United States, however, ended on June 5, well past the peak.
See if you can spot something from the U.S. chart:
Right. You can see that the U.S. has not been suffering excess deaths in recent weeks.
But what about North Carolina?
Fortunately, we demonstrated last summer that — even without DHHS reporting to the CDC — it is possible to see whether North Carolina has been witnessing Covid-caused excess deaths.
At the end of this post I will give all the data, going back to March 2020. But the main takeaway from it is this: North Carolina has not been suffering excess deaths owing to Covid-19 since mid-March 2021.
Gov. Roy Cooper being so desperate to keep North Carolina under a “state of emergency” would perhaps explain his administration’s reticence to report data in a timely manner. Nevertheless, Occam’s Razor would support the theory that the culprit is simply incompetence, as would Cooper’s history with the rape kit testing backlog, inability to get federal disaster relief funds to poor hurricane victims, and unemployment insurance benefits delays.
|Week ending date||Number of deaths above average to be considered excess deaths||Covid deaths for the week||Difference||Covid excess death event likely?|
Data sources: CDC, DHHS