LUMBERTON — Robeson County surpassed the somber milestone of 200 deaths from the novel coronavirus this week, however different statistics recommend enchancment within the pandemic in each the county and state.
The Robeson County Well being Division reported eight virus-related deaths between Jan. 28 and Wednesday, bringing the pandemic toll within the county to 201.
By comparability, there have been 4 deaths within the county attributable to influenza throughout the 2019-20 flu season.
There have been 621 new circumstances of COVID-19 reported in Robeson County between Jan. 28 and Wednesday. That is down 44% from the 1,108 circumstances reported within the county over the earlier seven-day interval of Jan. 21-27.
There have been 14,406 confirmed circumstances in Robeson County for the reason that pandemic started.
These numbers are primarily based on the Well being Division’s Wednesday report, which is the newest issued as a result of the division didn’t launch a report Friday.
The county’s testing positivity charge fell under 10% this week, stated Invoice Smith, county Well being Division director.
“Apart from the unlucky deaths, issues are trending in the best approach in lots of classes,” Smith stated.
Lumberton, nevertheless, nonetheless is ranked because the eighth-highest metro space in North Carolina when it comes to circumstances and unfold, and Robeson County because the Twelfth-ranked county within the state within the White Home’s report on the pandemic.
Robeson County stays categorized as purple within the state’s County Alert System. Pink signifies important group unfold.
Statewide, the variety of purple counties dropped from 86 within the state’s Jan. 19 report back to 61 in the newest report, which was issued Tuesday. There are 33 counties categorized as orange, for substantial group unfold, and 6 as yellow, for important group unfold.
Each North Carolina county that borders Robeson County stays within the purple class. Sampson County, east of Fayetteville, was downgraded to orange.
UNC Well being Southeastern reported 25 virus-positive sufferers in isolation at its hospital as of 11 a.m. Friday, down from 29 on Jan. 29 and 53 on Jan. 8. No extra potential optimistic circumstances are below investigation. Seventeen workers are quarantined due to potential publicity, down from 22 on Jan. 29 and 44 on Jan. 8.
The College of North Carolina at Pembroke started its spring semester Monday, and greater than 1,000 college students and college had been examined throughout a two-day drive-thru testing occasion as a part of the coed move-in course of. There have been 24 optimistic circumstances, which is a positivity charge of two.4%. Well being officers think about any positivity charge of below 5% to be a great charge.
“It is a very optimistic second in a bleak time,” Smith stated of the UNCP testing outcomes.
The North Carolina Division of Well being and Human Companies reported 9,370 first doses and a couple of,659 second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in Robeson County as of the top of the day Thursday. The second-dose determine is a big improve from the 923 administered as of Jan. 29.
UNC Well being Southeastern reported they’ve administered 5,557 first doses and 1,632 second doses as of 11 a.m. Friday.
Statewide, there have been 905,425 first doses administered and 232,815 second doses, in response to NCDHHS.
The NCDHHS on-line dashboard for vaccination knowledge now contains demographic knowledge in every county, the state well being company introduced Friday. Knowledge on individuals who have acquired the primary dose, or each the primary and second dose, is accessible by race, ethnicity, gender and age group and may be filtered by county.
“North Carolina continues to guide the nation on knowledge transparency with a give attention to race and ethnicity knowledge,” NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen stated. “Extra importantly, we use this important knowledge to drive our vaccine operations work to make sure fairness throughout our state.”
The state is dedicated to holding itself and vaccine suppliers accountable for offering equitable entry to COVID-19 vaccines, in response to NCDHHS. The present allocation course of features a three-week assured baseline quantity of vaccines for counties with greater numbers of low-income adults ages 65 and older, and historically-marginalized populations 65 and older. The NCDHHS additionally has put aside about 30,000 extra vaccine doses for group vaccination occasions and new suppliers that can attain underserved communities.
Vaccine suppliers are anticipated to supply vaccinations to historically-marginalized and minority populations in every county at a charge assembly or exceeding the inhabitants estimates of that group of their county or area. The expanded dashboard exhibits transparency in monitoring this course of.
There could be a 72-hour lag within the state’s vaccination knowledge.
The NCDHHS additionally reported Wednesday that a lot of circumstances from exams carried out at FastMed Pressing Care clinics in December and January had not been reported to the state. This delay accounts for 7,912 of the 12,079 circumstances NCDHHS reported within the state Wednesday.
FastMed, which has a clinic in Lumberton, has fastened its reporting course of, in response to the state. The delay didn’t have an effect on sufferers from being notified of their particular person testing outcomes.
Even with these circumstances added into this week’s whole, the state noticed a slight drop in new circumstances this week, with 40,890 reported between Jan. 30 and Friday, down from 40,924 from Jan. 23-29. There have now been 787,349 whole circumstances in North Carolina for the reason that pandemic started.
There have been 684 virus-related deaths reported within the state from Jan. 30 to Friday, down from the document week of 693 from Jan. 23-29. There have been 9,841 virus-related deaths within the state since March 2020.
There are at the moment 2,523 virus-related hospitalizations reported within the state, down from 3,048 reported on Jan. 29 and three,960 on Jan. 8.