North Carolina Respiratory Virus Summary Dashboard

This dashboard tracks information about North Carolinians with contagious respiratory viruses that can cause cold symptoms or severe breathing problems, including COVID-19, the flu (Influenza), and RSV.  

For more information on the data shown here and why they’re important, see "These Measures and Why They Were Chosen," below.  

North Carolina’s COVID-19 tracking is changing. As we focus on data that gives the most accurate picture of COVID in NC, some COVID-19 dashboards are no longer being updated. This includes COVID-19 Hospitalizations, Cases and Deaths from COVID-19 and COVID-19 Vaccinations. Archived data is still available, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to update their dashboards tracking these metrics. 

As of March 6, 2024, the hospital admissions chart below shows admissions from emergency departments for symptoms or diagnoses of COVID-19, RSV, flu (Influenza), and acute respiratory illnesses. This chart will update weekly with data from NC DETECT. 

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These Measures and Why They Were Chosen

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This metric shows the percent of emergency department visits that are for symptoms or diagnoses of COVID-19, RSV, flu, and all acute respiratory illnesses combined. 

This metric can give us an early indication of rising levels of respiratory illness in the community, and early insight into the burden on local emergency departments. The trend of increases and decreases can show the potential risk of exposure. 

More detailed data is available on the Detailed Respiratory Virus Surveillance Dashboard. 


This metric shows the number of hospital admissions from emergency departments for a diagnosis of Influenza (ICD-9/ICD-10 codes) or symptoms and diagnosis of COVID-19, RSV, and acute respiratory illnesses. Hospital admissions for respiratory illnesses give an understanding of the impact on the health care system. When this number is high, it can mean that hospitals are strained to provide care and may not be able provide care for non-urgent medical procedures.  

NCDHHS is testing samples of wastewater from select treatments plants across the state to look for COVID-19. This metric helps us understand spread of COVID-19 at the community level. 

People with COVID-19 shed viral particles in their stool. In wastewater, the particles are no longer infectious but can still be measured. Research suggests that the virus that causes COVID-19 can appear in wastewater 4-6 days before the first cases are identified and can serve as an early warning indicator before changes are seen in other metrics. Levels of Influenza and RSV can also be detected in wastewater. More detailed data is available on the Wastewater Monitoring Dashboard