COVID-19 round up: February 8 to February 15 | Covid19
COVID-19 round up: February 8 to February 15 |  Covid19

COVID-19 round up: February 8 to February 15 | Covid19

The following COVID-19 information was collected from local and government agencies from February 8 to February 15.

Cases

Watauga County has reached 10,789 total COVID-19 cases per year. February 15 – an increase of approximately 279 cases from February 8. 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 15, 209 new cases were reported to AppHealthCare in the previous five days.

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 to bring the total number of deaths from COVID-19 to 51.

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 647 people is hospitalized. , with 116 of them in the intensive care unit per. February 14th.

The App State COVID-19 dashboard reports 36 COVID-19 cases reported among students in the last five days and 13 among employees in the last 5 days per year. February 14th. In the week of Feb. 7, App State conducted 858 on-campus COVID-19 tests with 46 – or 5.4 percent – returning positive. Since August 1, the university has conducted 31,449 COVID-19 tests on campus, with 1,570 – or 5 percent – returning positive.

Vaccines

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reports that Watauga County has administered 33,445 first-dose COVID-19 vaccines per day. February 14th. The NCDHHS also reports that 31,275 people have completed the vaccine series in Watauga County per. February 14th. The number of people vaccinated with a booster in Watauga County is 16,844 per year. February 14th.

As of Feb. 14, 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 per. February 14th.

State update

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services encourages North Carolinians to seek mental health support through the Hope4NC Helpline (1-855-587-3463) available 24/7 via call, text message or chat.

“The pandemic has led to almost all North Carolingians experiencing stress, anxiety, loss and other threats to their mental health and well-being,” said NCDHHS Secretary Kody Kinsley. “No one should feel alone in this moment. Remember that speaking out and seeking help is a strengthening first step towards recovery.”

The Hope4NC Helpline provides free and confidential emotional support and connects people with counseling and community resources. Hope4NC can also help people who do not have insurance to find behavioral health, mental health and drug use.

“The Hope4NC Helpline services, along with other efforts by the department, are deliberately designed to provide better connections for the care and support of individuals with mental health needs, recognizing that there are often unique challenges in historically marginalized communities,” said Victor Armstrong. , NCDHHS Chief Health Equity Officer.

The Hope4NC Helpline provides emotional support and resources to all, including underserved populations, as part of these overall efforts. Spanish language assistance is also available.

North Carolina native and hip-hop artist Rapsody has produced a video to help spread the word about Hope4NC. The team at NCDHHS encourages people to watch the video and share it with others who may need the encouragement.

“Seeking help for mental health issues is just as important as seeking help for physical health issues, and Hope4NC is here to help,” said Deepa Avula, director of the Department of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Use Services.

Hope4NC Helpline (1-855-587-3463) responds to text messages and calls day or night, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Online chat is also available through Hope4NC’s website. Additional resources and information on staying physically and mentally healthy can be found on the Wellness Resources website at the NCDHHS COVID-19 website: covid19.ncdhhs.gov.

The initial phase of the Hope4NC program was funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency in coordination with the Center for Mental Health Services in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Funding for the ongoing helpline is through the SAMHSA Community Mental Health Services Block Grant.

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