ASHEVILLE, NC – October 25, 2023 – The COVID-19 metrics are on the CDC’s COVID Dashboard. For the week ending on October 14th:
- Hospital admission levels are low in every county in North Carolina, including Buncombe County, and about 93% of the counties in the U.S. However, they have decreased in North Carolina and increased in Buncombe County from the previous week.
- Between 1-9 of the deaths in North Carolina were due to COVID, the lowest level of 6 groups.
- Emergency room visits for COVID-19 are low in North Carolina. This represents about 2% of all ER visits, the 2nd lowest of 5 levels and fewer than the previous week.
Wastewater monitoring can be used to provide early warning for COVID outbreaks. The Buncombe & Henderson counties wastewater data for the week ending on October 11th is on the North Carolina COVID Dashboard.
- The number of viral gene copies in each water sample is at an orange level representing the 4th highest level of 5 groups, currently between the 60th and 80th percentile relative to the past level measured at the same site.
- The 15-day rate of change of the number of viral gene copies in each water sample has decreased from the previous week, between -10 and -99%, the lowest group of the 2 groups for a negative rate of change.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services wants everyone to know that:
- COVID-19 can affect people differently. Some people have mild symptoms like a cold and others have more severe symptoms like a bad case of the flu. Some effects can be long-lasting.
- Older adults and immunocompromised people are at a higher risk of developing severe illness and being hospitalized.
The Department of Health and Human Services recommends:
- Stay up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccines. The new updated vaccine is available locally at pharmacies, health centers and at the Buncombe County Health and Human Services Building at 40 Coxe Avenue in Asheville during regular business hours.
- For extra protection, wear an efficient medical grade mask
- People who are positive for COVID-19 or do not feel well should stay home
- People with any COVID symptoms should get tested
- If you test positive, your doctor may recommend medical treatment
If you get COVID, here’s the latest CDC guidelines:
- Isolate for 5 days provided the fever has resolved for at least 24 hours without taking any fever-reducing medicine. (Day 0 is the day that symptoms first appear. If there are no symptoms but a positive test, then day 0 is the day the test was positive.) Isolation means staying home and away from others.
- After the isolation period, wear a high-quality mask around others at home and in public for the next 5 days
- Masking can stop earlier with 2 negative antigen tests taken 48 hours apart
More and more Americans have developed some immunity to COVID-19 from immunizations and previous infection. New variants continue to infect people with the most at-risk groups more susceptible to severe illness.
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