NC coronavirus updates: New booster vaccine data shared
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More than 5,000 new COVID cases
At least 5,719 new coronavirus cases were reported in North Carolina last week, down from 6,556 the week before, according to preliminary data from state health officials.
The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services also reported 495 new weekly COVID-19 hospital patient admissions, a drop from 566 the previous week, according to figures through Nov. 19, the most recent metrics available. The daily average of adult coronavirus patients in intensive care was 84, compared to 70 the week before.
The figures were released Wednesday, Nov. 23, about eight months after health officials started adjusting information on their coronavirus dashboard and publishing weekly COVID-19 data. The figures had been updated almost every day.
Roughly 78% of adults in North Carolina have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, and about 73% have finished an initial round of vaccine doses. Of the state’s total population, about 63% finished their initial round and about 67% have received at least one dose. State officials round vaccination metrics to the nearest whole number.
More than 3.9 million “first original booster/additional doses” have been administered in North Carolina as of Nov. 19, the health department said. Health officials have urged those who are eligible to get boosted, as data shows it offers increased protection against the omicron coronavirus variant.
Across the state, virtually all new COVID-19 cases were attributed to the omicron variant’s “lineages” in the two weeks leading up to Nov. 12, the latest time period for which data is available.
Most NC nursing home workers don’t have latest vaccines, data shows
About 19% of nursing home workers in North Carolina don’t have the latest recommended doses of COVID-19 vaccines, creating a concern that staff will put residents at risk, new data shows.
At the same time, most nursing home residents aren’t up to date on their shots, according to figures from AARP.
The data was shared as only about 15% of people in North Carolina have gotten the new bivalent booster shots, which are designed to target the omicron coronavirus variant. Older people are more likely to get seriously sick after contracting COVID-19, which can easily spread through nursing homes and other congregate living settings, experts say.
Bill Lamb, who serves on the board of Friends of Residents in Long Term Care, said change could come after a push from families.
“I don’t understand why healthcare professionals, who should know better, are lagging in immunization,” he said, according to The News & Observer. “If your mother was at high risk, would you want somebody who was not vaccinated caring for her?”
Uptown Charlotte showing signs of comeback
After the coronavirus pandemic forced many people to work remotely, uptown Charlotte is showing signs of a rebound.
At One Wells Fargo Center — also called One South — landlords put $42 million toward upgrades. One floor has a new design that features a cafe, shuffleboard and a space that allows for remote workers to participate, The Charlotte Observer reported.
“We’re seeing a post-pandemic emphasis on the quality of work-life balance,” said David Pitser, property manager for the building and a Childress Klein partner. “And having things that make your work life easier.”
The changes come as uptown Charlotte has seen commercial and retail sales surpass pre-pandemic levels, records show.