The graph atop this post plots weekly Covid deaths against the excess death threshold. Covid’s peak in early winter is evident. But as you can see, North Carolina has not been suffering excess deaths owing to Covid-19 since mid-March 2021.
There's simply no excuse for this. It shows where Gov. Roy Cooper, state health bureaucrat Mandy Cohen, and the rest of the administration's priorities are. It's conceivably difficult to maintain a "State of Emergency" if the data give the all-clear.
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. Since mid-March, North Carolina has not.
From the week ending April 25, 2020, into January 2021 (the last month for which we have data), North Carolina was experiencing excess deaths without counting Covid deaths — i.e., a second excess death event on top of Covid excess deaths.
The irresponsibility of the Cooper administration continues to worsen. Checking the CDC Excess Deaths site today, I find that while the United States is updated into the month of June (June 5), DHHS's laxity has us reporting only through January 30. That's over four months behind.
DHHS reported more "new" Covid-19 deaths the past week that occurred between August 2020 and February 2021 (35 or 47%) than it did in May–June 2021 (33 or 44%). Nearly one out of five (19%) "new" deaths reported by DHHS in the past week (which, again, is in mid-June 2021) took place in 2020.
We still don't have enough new data from DHHS to determine if we've been seeing twin excess death events in late summer through fall. DHHS has only reported partial data through Sept. 26. Nearly all the rest of the United States has reported data through Jan. 2.