Local cases of COVID dwindle to one

Published 4:49 pm Tuesday, April 12, 2022

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The numbers haven’t been this low since COVID-19 first arrived in the Roanoke-Chowan area in March of 2020.

As of April 6, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) reported just one active case of the virus locally. That one case was in Gates County, which reported two cases the week prior.

For the second straight week, Northampton County reported zero active cases. There were no new cases in either Bertie or Hertford counties last week. Both had two cases the previous week.

Statewide, NCDHHS reported 876 cases as of April 6, down from 1,075 cases the week prior. There were 381 individuals hospitalized statewide with COVID-19 as of April 6 due to medical complications with the virus. That number fell from 440 two weeks ago.

In comparison, there were 20,286 new cases and 5,090 hospitalized reported by NCDHHS on Jan. 26.

There were 18 deaths statewide due to COVID reported between March 27 and April 2. That number is slightly higher than the 13 deaths reported from March 27-31.

None of the most recent virus-related deaths were in the R-C area.

In their weekly update, NCDHHS noted downward trends in all early warning indicators, and added that there are medium to low levels of community risk in all 100 counties. Each of the R-C area counties is currently listed in the “low level” category.

Most sequenced cases statewide are Omicron BA.1.

COVID-19 vaccinations and testing remain available in the local area. For more information contact the Gates County Health Dept. (252-357-1380), the Bertie County Health Dept. (252-794-5322), the Hertford County Health Dept. (252-862-4054) or the Northampton County Health Department (252-534-5841).

NCDHHS reminds everyone that the COVID-19 vaccine is available for free to all who want it. Vaccination is now open to everyone 5 and older. Visit MySpot.nc.gov to find a location.

To strengthen and extend protections against COVID-19, boosters are now available to all North Carolinians ages 12 and older. You should get a booster as soon as you are eligible.

If you received the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, you can get your booster five months after your second shot. If you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you can get your booster two months after your shot.

You can now get a second booster if you are 50 or older and got your first booster shot at least four months ago, or you are 12 or older and have a compromised immune system, and got your first booster at least four months ago, or you who received a total of two shots of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least four months ago.

You can choose any brand of COVID-19 vaccine for your booster shot. Limited preliminary evidence suggests that booster doses of one of the two mRNA vaccines — Moderna or Pfizer — more effectively raise antibody levels than a booster dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The CDC also recommends a third dose of Pfizer for children ages 5 to 11 who have compromised immune systems.

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccines, visit YourSpotYourShot.nc.gov or call the COVID-19 Vaccine Help Center for free at 1-888-675-4567.

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccines, visit YourSpotYourShot.nc.gov or call the COVID-19 Vaccine Help Center for free at 1-888-675-4567.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, or think you may have COVID-19, you should get tested.

To find a testing site near you, visit ncdhhs.gov/GetTested. For an up-to-date list of no-cost community testing events, visit the No-Cost Testing Events webpage. Additionally, all North Carolinians can request a free at-home COVID-19 testing kit.

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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