Forsyth County was reported with an additional 218 new COVID-19 cases, but no related deaths, according to Wednesday’s weekly update from the NC Department of Health and Human Services.
The weekly number of cases increased by 43% from 153 cases in the report on 13 April.
In total, Forsyth has reported 92,555 cases and 793 COVID-related deaths since the onset of the pandemic.
Only one COVID-related death has been reported for Forsyth so far in April.
Across the country, 5,453 new cases were reported in the latest DHHS report compared to 4,740 the previous week.
The new caseload over the past week ranged from 374 reported on April 10 to 1,174 reported on April 13. The total number of cases is 2.65 million.
Since the previous update of DHHS ‘weekly dashboard, there were an additional 29 COVID-related deaths across the country, bringing North Carolina’s total to 23,363.
DHHS reports that the BA.2 variant accounts for 78% of cases in North Carolina between March 27 and April 9.
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Currently, the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists Forsyth as a county with low social dispersal.
COVID-19 hospital admissions across the country dropped from 369 a week ago to 351 in the latest update.
Hospitals in the Triad region with 17 counties had a total of 61 COVID-19 patients per. April 19, up from 59 the week before.
Long-term care centers
The number of Forsyth long-term care centers with current COVID-19 outbreaks remained at seven, according to the DHHS update on Tuesday.
By comparison, there were 28 outbreaks as late as the beginning of March.
The number of infected employees in connection with current outbreaks remained at 174, and infected residents from 64 to 66.
Forsyth long-term clusters with at least 20 overall cases include:
Oak Forest Health and Rehabilitation, with 57 employees and 27 residents.
Arbor Acres United Methodist Retirement Community Inc., with 61 employees and eight residents.
Salemtowne, with 33 employees and no residents.
Brookdale Reynolda Road, with 16 residents, including one death, and eight employees.
Homestead Hills, with 14 employees and 10 residents, including one death.
Old Vineyard Youth Services continues with an eruption involving 28 employees and 11 residents.
K-12 school clusters
DHHS has changed how it handles COVID-19 clusters involving K-12 schools and childcare centers in response to lowercase letters in recent weeks.
The biggest element was stopping the reporting of clusters for these sectors from Wednesday’s dashboard update.
DHHS said school leaders and child care operators continue to be required to report suspected cases of reportable infectious diseases to local health departments.
“However, cluster identification and reporting has become less reliable as routine contact tracking is no longer a priority outside of high-risk settings,” DHHS said.
“This means that it can be difficult to determine whether cases arise due to transfer within the environment or dispersal in the wider society.
“Additionally, the increased use of home testing has made reported case data in these settings less reliable.”