WNC COVID-19 Updates: Week of Mar. 22

Mar 22, 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

(3/26 1:30 p.m.)  North Carolina has reported 905,528 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 2,154 cases from the day before.  933 are currently hospitalized statewide, a decrease of 12 from the day before.  12,028 have died of COVID-19 statewide, an increase of 41 from the day before.  In the 13 North Carolina Counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 46,886 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 811 deaths. That's an increase of 82 confirmed cases and 2 deaths from the day before. 

(3/25 1:30 p.m.)  North Carolina has reported 903,374 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 2,112 cases from the day before.  945 are currently hospitalized statewide, a decrease of 36 from the day before.  11,987 have died of COVID-19 statewide, an increase of 93 from the day before.  In the 13 North Carolina Counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 46,804 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 809 deaths. That's an increase of 89 confirmed cases and 2 deaths from the day before. 

(3/24 3:30 p.m.) Western Carolina University’s Regional COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic announced today that it will open up COVID-19 vaccination appointments to all groups on April 1. To schedule an appointment or for more information, visit vaccine.wcu.edu.

(3/24 3 p.m.) Jackson and Macon Counties announced this week that all adults 18 years and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Macon County Public Health Director Kathy Mcgaha says that now the health department hopes to reach folks who might be more skeptical about the vaccine.  

"We know that this is a safe and effective vaccine, that was made possible because of years and years of scientific research in the vaccine field. We want all Macon County adults to know that they have a spot to take their shot, and the sooner we can get everyone vaccinated, the sooner life will start to be more normal," said McGaha in an email.  

(3/24 1:30 p.m.)  North Carolina has reported 901,262 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 2,098 cases from the day before.  981 are currently hospitalized statewide, an increase of 35 from the day before.  11,894 have died of COVID-19 statewide, an increase of 40 from the day before.  In the 13 North Carolina Counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 46,714 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 807 deaths. That's an increase of 112 confirmed cases and 4 deaths from the day before. 

(3/23 12:30 p.m.)  North Carolina has reported 899,164 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 1,062 cases from the day before.  956 are currently hospitalized statewide, an increase of 32 from the day before.  11,854 have died of COVID-19 statewide, an increase of 18 from the day before.  In the 13 North Carolina Counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 46,602 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 803 deaths. That's an increase of 52 confirmed cases and 0 deaths from the day before. 

(3/22 12:30 p.m.)  North Carolina has reported 898,102 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 4,873 cases from Friday.  924 are currently hospitalized statewide, a decrease of 46 from Friday.  11,836 have died of COVID-19 statewide, an increase of 31 from Friday.  In the 13 North Carolina Counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 46,550 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 803 deaths. That's an increase of 229 confirmed cases and 0 deaths from Friday.