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What does a dip in positive cases mean for North Carolina?

Confirmed cases have plummeted in North Carolina in the past four days, down from a record high of 1,768 on 6/12 to well below trend at 751 today 6/16. Does this mean the actual threat of the disease is also plummeting? It could instead reflect that testing also...

Introducing CSFE COVID-19 Research Project

Introducing CSFE COVID-19 Research Project

The COVID-19 pandemic is having profound consequences on the well-being of North Carolinians. Many of these consequences are difficult to anticipate and understand. Our team of researchers here at CSFE has been busy at work. As we move forward with our new CSFE...

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