The following COVID-19 information was collected from local and government agencies from February 15 to February 23.
Watauga County has reached 10,933 in total COVID-19 cases per year. February 22 – an increase of approximately 144 cases from February 15. AppHealthCare changed its data and now shows how many new positive cases were reported in the last five days instead of daily current cases. Pr. On February 22, 131 new cases were reported to AppHealthCare in the previous five days.
55 community members have died of COVID-19 in Watauga County. A new COVID-19 death was reported to a Watauga County resident on February 10 and another was reported on February 7 and another on February 3. Another death was reported in the January 31 update, and three deaths were reported in the January 26 AppHealthCare update in Watauga County.
The Triad HealthCare Preparedness Coalition region – which includes Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Caldwell, Catawba, Davie, Davidson, Forsyth, Guilford, Iredell, Randolph, Rockingham, Rowan, Stokes, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin – reports that 441 people is hospitalized. , with 84 of them in the intensive care unit per. 21. February.
The App State COVID-19 dashboard reports 18 COVID-19 cases reported among students within the last five days and 5 among employees within the last 5 days per. 21. February. In the week of Feb. 14, App State conducted 755 on-campus COVID-19 tests with 26 – or 3.4 percent – returning positive. Since August 1, the university has conducted 32,204 COVID-19 tests on campus, with 1,596 – or 5 percent – returning positive.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reports that Watauga County has administered 33,466 first-dose COVID-19 vaccines per day. 21. February. The NCDHHS also reports that 31,305 people have completed the vaccine series in Watauga County per. 21. February. The number of people vaccinated with a booster in Watauga County is 16,944 per year. 21. February.
As of Feb. 21, 60 percent of Watauga County’s population has been at least partially vaccinated, and 56 percent of the population has been fully vaccinated, according to the NCDHHS.
App State reports that 81 percent of students are vaccinated and 90 percent of employees are vaccinated as of February 21st.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recently updated its recommendations for COVID-19 vaccination for individuals who are moderately or severely immunocompromised.
New data suggest that some people with moderate to severely compromised immune systems do not always build up the same level of immunity compared to people who are not immunocompromised. The CDC’s recommendations ensure that everyone, including those most vulnerable to COVID-19, receives as much protection as possible through vaccination.
For people 12 years of age and older who are immunocompromised and who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, or 18 years and older who received the Moderna vaccine, the CDC recommends that they receive three initial doses plus a booster dose of at least three months. after their third dose. This shortens the time between a person’s third dose and their booster, which was previously recommended at least five months after their third dose.
For individuals aged 18 years and older who are immunocompromised and who received a single Johnson & Johnson, the CDC now recommends that they receive a total of three vaccine doses, including:
The initial dose of the Johnson & Johnson primary vaccine;
An additional dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna); and
A booster dose (preferably of an mRNA vaccine) at least two months after their second dose.
NCDHHS encourages people who have questions about which booster is right for them to talk to their doctor.
These new recommendations apply to people who are 12 years of age or older. Booster doses are not yet available for children aged 5 to 11 years. Children aged 5-17 years who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should only receive the Pfizer vaccine as their extra dose.
For more information on boosters and additional doses for people who are immunocompromised and where you can find a vaccination appointment nearby, visit MySpot.nc.gov. The North Carolina Vaccine Help Center at 888-675-4567 can also help you make an appointment. It is open 7.00-19.00 on weekdays and 8.00-16.00 on weekends.