ASHEVILLE, NC – November 29, 2023 – The COVID-19 metrics are on the CDC’s COVID Dashboard. For the week ending on November 11th:
- Hospital admission levels are low in 94 of 100 counties in North Carolina, including Buncombe County, and about 86% of the counties in the U.S. However, they have increased in North Carolina and increased in Buncombe County from the previous week.
- 5% of the deaths in North Carolina were due to COVID, the third lowest level of 6 groups. This has increased since the previous week.
- Emergency room visits for COVID-19 are minimal in North Carolina. This represents less than 1.5% of all ER visits, the 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 15th 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 increased from the previous week, at 10% to 99%, the middle level of 3 groups for a positive 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, which has been available since September this year, is effective against the latest COVID strains. The CDC recommends the updated vaccine for eligible people ages 6 months and older. The vaccine can reduce the risk of developing severe illness, becoming hospitalized or dying.
- 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. 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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