(WGHP) — Most North Carolinaians are at least somewhat concerned about another wave of COVID-19 this winter and how holiday gatherings might affect that, a new High Point University Poll found.
The poll of 968 adults, both by phone and online, conducted from October 22 to November 4, shows that 37% are somewhat concerned about a large increase in COVID-19 cases in the coming months. Another 25% say they are very concerned. About 34% say they worry little or not at all.
A third of those respondents said they were somewhat concerned about contracting COVID-19 because of a large increase caused by holiday gatherings. A quarter of them are very concerned, but some 38% were not so concerned about such events.
In 2020, the holiday season saw the biggest spike in cases, hospitalizations and deaths in January and February. But that was before the wide spread of vaccines began.
“Many North Carolinaians still worry about getting sick with COVID-19,” Brian McDonald, associate director of the HPU Poll and adjunct professor at the graduate school, said in a release about the data.
Because the poll combined a sample of live phone interviews and online interviews, the release said it was appropriate to assign a classic margin of error for the results.
Vax or no Vax?
The poll also focused on vaccination rates and reported that 60% of respondents said they had been fully vaccinated by two injections of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one injection of Johnson & Johnson. Another 6% said they had had the first of two injections and 30% said they had not been vaccinated at all.
Those numbers would fall short of the nationwide rates of 68% of adults who are fully vaccinated, as reported by the NC Department of Health & Human Services. About 56% of all residents are fully vaccinated.
The state dashboard also shows that 60% of residents and 72% of adults have had at least one injection.
Guilford and Forsyth counties have the highest rates of both first shots and full vaccinations (Buncombe has the highest rates at 64% and 60% respectively), but Davie, Caswell and Montgomery counties are among the lowest (during the 1940s for both ), show DHHS data.
The High Point survey also found that 39% of adults have had a flu shot this year, with only 30% of the rest say they plan to get one. About 57% said they wouldn’t get that vaccine.
The American Health Rankings reported in 2019 that about half of North Carolinas had flu shots, up from about 42% in 2018. About 44% nationwide had flu shots in 2019.
What about the delta variant?
HPU also asked about the delta variant of the coronavirus, and only half said they had heard much about that variant. More than a third (37%) said they had “heard a little”.
About 41% said they were at least somewhat concerned about delta.
Moving in the right direction
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention shows as of Friday that the positivity rate for COVID-19 testing in Guilford County was 3.43% in the past seven days, which is below the 5% threshold for controlling the spread in the United States. community. Forsyth and Alamance counties are also below that level, at 4.41% and 4.86% respectively.
But those numbers are rising in remote parts of the Triad. Caswell County is at 5.78%; Randolph County at 5.96%; Wilkes County at 6.01%; Davidson at 6.22%; Montgomery at 6.88%; Surry County at 7%; Davie County at 7.63%; Rockingham County at 7.68%; Stokes County at 8.64%; Yadkin County at 9.28%; and Alleghany County at 11.59%.
The CDC has all counties in the community transfer senior category.