WNC COVID-19 Updates: Week Of April 5

Apr 5, 2021

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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

(4/9 1:00 p.m.)  North Carolina has reported 929,406 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 2,509 cases from the day before.  977 are currently hospitalized statewide, a decrease of 27 from the day before.  12,248 have died of COVID-19 statewide, an increase of 24 from the day before.  In the 13 North Carolina Counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 48,122 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 832 deaths. That's an increase of 151 confirmed cases and 0 deaths from the day before.

(4/8 1:00 p.m.)  North Carolina has reported 926,897 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 2,087 cases from the day before.  1,004 are currently hospitalized statewide, a decrease of 21 from the day before.  12,224 have died of COVID-19 statewide, an increase of 12 from the day before.  In the 13 North Carolina Counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 47,971 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 832 deaths. That's an increase of 80 confirmed cases and 0 deaths from the day before.

(4/7 1:00 p.m.)  North Carolina has reported 924,810 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 1,380 cases from the day before.  1,025 are currently hospitalized statewide, an increase of 42 from the day before.  12,212 have died of COVID-19 statewide, an increase of 23 from the day before.  In the 13 North Carolina Counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 47,891 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 832 deaths. That's an increase of 105 confirmed cases and 3 deaths from the day before.

(4/6 4 p.m.) Beginning Wednesday, North Carolina is opening vaccines to Group 5, the final phase of its vaccine rollout plan.  Everyone 16 and older will be able to receive the Pfizer vaccine, and anyone 18 and older can receive the Moderna or Johnson and Johnson immunization. The state's move comes 2- weeks ahead of  President Joe Biden's  April 19 target  to make vaccines eligible for adults in all U.S.    NC Health secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen says the vaccine is key to helping  North Carolinians get back to normal. "Things like safely hugging a grandma, or traveling to see vaccinated family or friends, or having dinner with your vaccinated neighbors,” says Cohen who notes that new CDC guidelines say people who have been fully vaccinated can travel around the U.S.     The website myspot.nc.gov has been updated with a tool that helps locate specific vaccines.  

(4/6 1:00 p.m.)  North Carolina has reported 923,430 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 870 cases from the day before.  982 are currently hospitalized statewide, an increase of 75 from the day before.  12,189 have died of COVID-19 statewide, an increase of 16 from the day before.  In the 13 North Carolina Counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 47,786 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 829 deaths. That's an increase of 45 confirmed cases and 1 death from the day before.

(4/5 1:00 p.m.)  North Carolina has reported 922,560 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 6,401 cases from Thursday.  907 are currently hospitalized statewide, a decrease of 78 from Thursday.  12,173 have died of COVID-19 statewide, an increase of 36 from Thursday.  In the 13 North Carolina Counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 47,741 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 828 deaths. That's an increase of 324 confirmed cases and 6 deaths from Thursday.