4/7/2021 6:04:00 AM COVID-19 Update Effective Wednesday, anyone 16+ is eligible to be vaccinated
The good news from the County Alert Map is that not one North Carolina county is still considered 'red,' with critical spread of the virus.
Wayne Howard Reporter
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, Health & Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen, and other members of the state's Coronavirus Task Force, held one of their weekly briefings Tuesday afternoon. The tv audience numbers were down--mostly because the numbers of new cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, are down.
As a clear indication of the decline of the virus, the NCDHHS announced that its COVID-19 County Alert System will now be updated every other week instead of weekly.
The pandemic isn't over, and the need to continue to wear maks was again emphasized. North Carolina’s key metrics show a leveling off of trends in COVID-19 spread after several weeks of decline. Although levels are far below the post-holiday peak in January, most of the state continues to experience significant or substantial community spread with concerning increases in younger age groups. Continued adherence to the 3Ws – wearing a face mask, waiting six feet apart, and washing hands often – along with people getting vaccinated as soon as soon as one is available to them are critically important to slow the spread of the virus.
The CDC has, by the way, issued new guidelines. They now believe the likelihood of your getting the virus from environmental surfaces is minimal. Its primary method of transmission is airborne.
The emphasis now is on vaccinations. Effective Wednesday (April 7th) all North Carolinians 16 and older are eligible to be vaccinated. President Biden has insisted that all states make the vaccines available to all adults by April 19th.
North Carolina had 870 new cases of the virus confirmed Tuesday. The number of people hospitalized with it was now 870. Of those tested for the disease, 7% tested positive, a figure still considered too high; but vaccinations are continuing and it's now considered likely that while we may still need to wear masks in gatherings, we can resume most activities fully by Independence Day. The city of Lincolnton (and others) are already planning for July 4th parades.
Lincoln County's number of known active cases Tuesday (April 6th) was 114. That's up a little from last Thursday's report, but that's customary with the Tuesday reports. The county's number of COVID deaths remained at 83.
The county is holding first shot clinics at the Health Dept. Wednesday evening and during the day on Thursday and Friday, but all appointments for those first shot clinics are already taken. CLICK HERE to schedule an appointment when new clinics are scheduled for next week.
Catawba County Public Health issued a news release on Tuesday telling residents:
Catawba County Public Health, Catawba Valley Health System and Frye Regional Medical Center will continue to provide a joint vaccination appointment request process through www.CatawbaVaccine.org. Due to limited vaccine supply and high demand for vaccination appointments, individuals who request appointments through www.CatawbaVaccine.org should expect to wait a few weeks before appointments become available.
When an appointment becomes available, individuals who have sent in a request through www.catawbavaccine.org will be contacted by a scheduler to coordinate their appointment location, date and time. No appointments will be made by phone. Individuals without internet access may call the COVID-19 Referral Line at 828-282-2002, to reach a referral specialist who can assist individuals with completing the online appointment request form.
There is still reason to be concerned that Spring Break social activities without wearing masks, etc. may cause an increase in new cases, but the numbers of people who have now been vaccinated are encouraging.