ASHEVILLE, NC – August 2, 2023 – The COVID-19 metrics are on the CDC’s COVID Dashboard.
- For the week ending on July 15th, hospital admissions are at a low level in every county in North Carolina and almost 100% of the counties in the U.S. Buncombe County’s COVID-19 hospitalizations are low and have decreased from the previous week.
- For the week ending on July 22nd, the percentage of deaths due to COVID-19 last week in North Carolina were about 3%, the 3rd lowest level of 6 groups and an increase of almost 20% from the previous week.
- Emergency room visits for COVID-19 are minimal in North Carolina for the week ending on July 22nd, however, they increased more than 20% 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 July 19th 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.
- The number of viral gene copies in each water sample over the past 15 days is at an increasing rate of change, the highest positive rate of change from 5 possible levels.
In summary, wastewater levels, emergency department visits, and deaths are up from the previous week.
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 CDC recommends that people in these groups get an updated COVID-19 bivalent booster because it gives added protection.
The Department of Health and Human Services recommends:
- Stay up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccines
- 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
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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