ASHEVILLE, NC – December 13, 2023 – The COVID-19 metrics are on the CDC’s COVID Dashboard. For the week ending on December 2nd
- Hospital admission levels are low in 97 of 100 counties in North Carolina, including Buncombe County, and about 75% of the counties in the U.S. However, they have increased in North Carolina and increased in Buncombe County from the previous week.
- Between 2.0 to 4.0% of the deaths in North Carolina were due to COVID, the 3rd lowest level of 6 groups and increased from last week.
- Emergency room visits for COVID-19 are low in North Carolina. This represents about 2.0% of all ER visits, the 2nd lowest of 5 levels and stable from 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 November 29th and updated on December 6th is on the North Carolina COVID Dashboard.
- The number of viral gene copies in each water sample is at a red level representing the highest level of 5 groups, currently between the 80th and 100th 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, at -99% to -10%, the lowest level of 2 groups for a negative rate of change.
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