4/4/2021 12:01:00 AM originally published March 30th, updated April 4th Staving Off A Surge Vaccinations increase as many ignore warnings not to discontinue 3Ws
Wayne Howard Staff Writer
"The race is on!" That's the way health experts put it when they were told that as predicted, failure on the part of many to continue observing the 3Ws is causing an increase in cases in more than half of all states. The US is seeing more than 63,000 new coronavirus cases per day, based on a weekly average, up 16% over the past week. North Carolina has also seen an increase in new cases, but the likely surge hasn't yet developed fully since most of the NC restrictions weren't relaxed to their current level until the last weekend of March. Spring Break will likely cause a spike that will take four weeks or so to develop.
The race, the experts say, is to vaccinate additional people before highly contagious variants become prevalent in the country. While the vaccines may help to protect those who've had them, they are NOT a guarantee that you won't get the virus; but they may help to reduce its severity if you do. More than 56 million people in the US have now been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Meanwhile, the numbers of people vaccinated against the disease in North Carolina continue to climb. 28% of all adults have now received at least one dose of one of the vaccines, and 15% are fully vaccinated. Among those 65 and older, 72% have now had at least one shot, and 48% are fully vaccinated.
Lincoln County had 111 known active cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday (March 30th) according to the Health Dept. Only Thursday (April 1st) the Health Dept. said the number of known active cases was down to 57.
Need to get a COVID vaccination? Kintegra Health will be holding another clinic at Covenant Church on the Gastonia Highway in Lincolnton this Wednesday April 7th from 1 -3 PM. Anyone who is in groups 1-4 is now eligible to be vaccinated, and as of Easter Sunday, appointments for this clinic were still available. To register for this clinic and for information on other Kintegra COVID vaccination clinics in Gaston County, visit https://www.kintegra.org/covid-19-vaccination-event-schedule/.
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