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Over 4,300 new cases reported
At least 1,066,631 people in North Carolina have tested positive for coronavirus, and at least 13,724 have died since March 2020, according to state health officials.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported 4,331 on Thursday new cases of COVID-19, against 3,413 the day before. Thursday’s case count was highest in one day since mid-February, The News & Observer reported.
Twenty-four more coronavirus-related deaths were reported Thursday. Deaths do not necessarily occur on the day the state reports them. The state’s health department revises its daily figures as more information becomes available.
At least 1,651 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Thursday, up from 1,580 on Wednesday. The number of patients has been increasing every day since July 9.
On Tuesday, the latest date with the information available, 10.4% of coronavirus tests were reported positive. Health officials say 5% or less is the target rate for slowing the spread of the virus.
About 62% of adults in North Carolina have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, and about 58% have been fully immunized. State health officials round up the number of vaccinations to the nearest whole number.
‘Dramatic Rise’ in Childhood COVID Cases Reported in Charlotte Area
The Charlotte area is seeing a ‘dramatic rise’ in COVID-19 infections in children, with three weeks before the start of the school year, according to a local doctor.
Dr Catherine Ohmstede, a pediatrician with Novant Health, said on Thursday the increase resembles that seen in January, when Mecklenburg County reported its highest daily jumps in coronavirus cases.
âOur clinics across the community have been incredibly busy diagnosing COVID in children,â Ohmstede said, according to The Charlotte Observer.
The cases come as the contagious delta variant continues to spread and officials urge people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Children under 12 are not yet eligible to receive the injections.
Charlotte to start checking immunization status of city workers
Starting next week, Charlotte will start checking to see if city employees have been vaccinated against COVID-19, officials said.
Employees will be required to complete a “vaccine verification form” no later than 10 days after its release, The Charlotte Observer reported Thursday.
âThe city believes the best way to protect our employees and the community we serve is immunization, which is why the city is asking employees to share information about their immunization status,â officials said in a memo. human resources.
Some local authorities tighten the rules on masks
Some governments in the Triangle region have strengthened mask wearing rules due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As of Thursday afternoon, towns and villages requiring people to wear masks in their public spaces include Knightdale, Morrisville, Raleigh, Rolesville and Wake Forest, The News & Observer reported.
Raleigh officials also plan to test employees who have not received their injections, spokeswoman Julia Milstead said.
Wells Fargo Amends Return To Office Plans Due To COVID
Scott Powell, chief operating officer, said the bank could make further adjustments “if necessary to put the health and safety of our employees and customers first.”
Prior to the change, employees had to return to the office from September 7 through October.
Charlotte-area doctors’ offices join hospitals in demanding vaccines
Seven independent medical practices in the Charlotte area require their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 like the delta variant is causing concern.
These workplaces include: “Carolina Asthma & Allergy Center, Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, Charlotte Eye Ear Nose and Throat Associates, Charlotte Gastroenterology & Hepatology, OrthoCarolina, Surgical Specialists of Charlotte and Tryon Medical Partners,” The Charlotte Observer reported Thursday. .
Practice workers must receive their vaccines by October 31, and vaccine exemption guidelines will be followed, depending on the practice.
Last month, health systems Atrium Health and Novant Health announced they would make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for employees. Hundreds of workers gathered this weekend to protest against the rule of Atrium, according to WBTV, the Observer’s media partner.
Hundreds of cases reported among partially vaccinated in Charlotte area
Mecklenburg County, home to Charlotte, has said hundreds of residents who have contracted COVID-19 had not finished getting vaccinated against the disease.
Gibbie Harris, county public health director, reported at least 624 cases among those partially vaccinated on Wednesday.
These are different from the revolutionary cases, in which a person who has completed the series of vaccines receives COVID-19, usually without symptoms or with mild symptoms. Mecklenburg has seen at least 376 “real breakthrough cases” among the 579,488 residents who are fully vaccinated, The Charlotte Observer reported.
Community transmission of COVID-19 was “high” or “substantial” in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties on Wednesday. Health officials have urged residents of those areas to wear face masks in public spaces to help slow the spread of the virus.
“We cannot rest until this pandemic is behind us, and the only way it can happen is to get enough people vaccinated to push this virus off the cliff,” Gov. Roy Cooper said on Wednesday. of a press conference.