RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – Public health officials saw more COVID-19 particles in wastewater and new cases across North Carolina – but no corresponding increase in hospitalizations.
The weekly update Wednesday from the state Department of Health and Human Services showed that the two main hospital trends – visits to emergency rooms for COVID-like symptoms and patient admissions – remained relatively flat.
NCDHHS says that 2 percent of emergency room visits in the week of 10-16. April was for symptoms of COVID – the sixth week in a row this rate has been at 2 percent.
The agency says the 7,279 new cases during that week had risen from the fewer than 5,000 reported the week before. And the roughly 5.1 million particles found at dozens of sewage treatment plants across the state are more than double the 2.1 million from the previous week.
Case numbers have been rising recently as the BA.2 “stealth omicron” variant has become the dominant strain.
Public health officials say 79 percent of the samples genetically sequenced last week in laboratories across North Carolina were determined to be the BA.2 variant. However, these laboratories sequenced only a total of 38 samples that week.
Each county in North Carolina was either green with a low risk of burdening the health care system or yellow with a medium risk on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated maps.