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WNC COVID-19 Updates: Week Of April 12

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Matt Bush
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Blue Ridge Public Radio

Do you have a question about the COVID vaccine?  We want to hear from you!  Record your question as a voice memo on your cell phone and email us at voices@bpr.org or use the "talk to us" feature on the free BPR mobile app

Looking for information about where to get vaccinated near you?  North Carolina Health News has a comprehensive listing of county vaccines sites, which will be updated often. Find it here.

Need a ride?  NCDOT and NCDHHS have distributed funding to help pay for transportation. Check with your local transit agency for more details.  You can find your agency online  NC_public_transit.pdfOpen PDF

(4/16 12:30 p.m.)  North Carolina has reported 943,693 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 2,475 cases from the day before.  1,064 are currently hospitalized statewide, an increase of 34 from the day before.  12,387 have died of COVID-19 statewide, an increase of 38 from the day before.  In the 13 North Carolina Counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 48,870 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 838 deaths. That's an increase of 153 confirmed cases and 4 deaths from the day before.

(4/15 12:30 p.m.)  North Carolina has reported 941,218 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 2,434 cases from the day before.  1,020 are currently hospitalized statewide, a decrease of 25 from the day before.  12,359 have died of COVID-19 statewide, an increase of 34 from the day before.  In the 13 North Carolina Counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 48,727 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 834 deaths. That's an increase of 104 confirmed cases and 0 deaths from the day before.

(4/14 12:30 p.m.)  North Carolina has reported 938,784 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 2,359 cases from the day before.  1,045 are currently hospitalized statewide, an increase of 13 from the day before.  12,325 have died of COVID-19 statewide, an increase of 20 from the day before.  In the 13 North Carolina Counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 48,623 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 834 deaths. That's an increase of 151 confirmed cases and 0 deaths from the day before.

(4/13 4 p.m.) A number of COVID-19 vaccine clinics in Western North Carolina are working to  accommodate people scheduled to receive the Johnson and Johnson shot while federal health officials work to review rare side effects.  During Tuesday’s briefing, Buncombe County Medical Director Dr. Jennifer Mullendore  noted the occurrences that have prompted concern are rare.  “The bottom line, this is a sign that the vaccine safety monitoring system is working well,” says Mulledore, “ it was able to find a rare serious adverse event that happens in less than one in a million people”   The recommendation to pause follows six reported cases of a rare type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the J&J vaccine. Nationally, more than 6.8 million people have received the J&J shot, with 242,762 in North Carolina. None of the six cases reported were in North Carolina. (Watch NCDHHS briefing here)

(4/13 12:30 p.m.)  North Carolina has reported 936,425 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 1,364 cases from the day before.  1,032 are currently hospitalized statewide, an increase of 128 from the day before.  12,305 have died of COVID-19 statewide, an increase of 15 from the day before.  In the 13 North Carolina Counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 48,472 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 834 deaths. That's an increase of 104 confirmed cases and 1 death from the day before.

(4/13 10:00 a.m.) Jackson County Public Health is pausing use of Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine per CDC guidelines. This recommendation was made out of an abundance of caution after the CDC and FDA reviewed data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) in combination with low levels of blood platelets (thrombocytopenia). All six cases were among women between the ages of 18-48 years and symptoms occurred 6-13 days after vaccination. By the end of February, 4 million doses of the J&J vaccine had been administered. The New York Times reports that nearly 7 million people have been vaccinted with J&J. At the end of March, more than 20 million people have been vaccinated. 

(4/12 12:30 p.m.)  North Carolina has reported 935,061 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 5,655 cases from Friday.  904 are currently hospitalized statewide, a decrease of 73 from Friday.  12,290 have died of COVID-19 statewide, an increase of 42 from Friday.  In the 13 North Carolina Counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 48,368 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 833 deaths. That's an increase of 246 confirmed cases and 1 death from Friday.