We are tracking information about coronavirus and vaccines in North Carolina. Check back every Wednesday for updates.
More than 9,000 new cases of coronavirus
At least 9,431 new coronavirus cases were reported in North Carolina last week, up from 7,587 the previous week, according to preliminary data from state health officials.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services also reported 254 new weekly patient admissions to hospital, down from 277 the previous week, according to data through April 23, the most recent metrics available.
The figures were released on Wednesday, April 27, the sixth week that health officials adjusted the information shared on their coronavirus dashboard and published weekly data on COVID-19. The data had been released almost daily.
About 76% of adults in North Carolina have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, and about 72% are fully vaccinated. Of the state’s total population, approximately 62% are fully immunized and approximately 66% have received at least one dose. State officials round vaccination numbers to the nearest whole number.
More than 3.4 million “supplemental/booster” doses have been administered in North Carolina as of April 27, the health department said. Health officials have urged those who are eligible to be boosted, as data shows it offers increased protection against the omicron variant of the coronavirus.
Statewide, virtually all new cases of COVID-19 have been attributed to the omicron variant and its related “lineages” in the two weeks preceding April 16, the last period for which data are available.
Some Charlotte-area children are behind on vaccines during the pandemic
Some Charlotte-area children have fallen behind on their routine vaccines for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Lyn Nuse of Atrium Health Levine Children’s Hospital said it’s possible families haven’t seen their doctors and delaying vaccines could lead to problems.
“The problem with vaccines is that they’re timed, really, to match when your child needs that protection the most,” Nuse said. “But they’re also programmed to elicit the optimal response from the immune system.”
If your child is not up to date on vaccines, it is recommended that you call your pediatrician to get back on track, The Charlotte Observer reported on April 25.
NC close to “herd immunity”, according to experts
There is unlikely to be a further increase in coronavirus-related deaths and hospitalizations due to North Carolina vaccination and infection rates, according to experts at Duke University.
People vaccinated against and infected with COVID-19 create a “‘herd immunity’ that keeps most people from getting seriously ill from the current variant of omicron circulating in the state,” The News & Observer reported. .
“I think this virus will always be with us; it’s something we’re going to have to learn to live with,” Dr. David Montefiori told reporters on April 22. “And the hope was that at some point there would be enough population immunity for it to get cold for most people or no worse than the flu in terms of the number of really bad cases and deaths. »
Although some health rules related to COVID-19 have been lifted, those most at risk of becoming seriously ill are still asked to wear masks in public and to get vaccinated. These include the elderly and people who have health conditions, the N&O reported.