NEW BERN, NC (WITN) – As COVID-19 hospital admissions and cases fall, some states are easing their mandates.
Craven County resident Lee Edick feels more confident about going public now that COVID-19 numbers are moving in the right direction.
“We’re getting out of the deep hole that we were in and we’re getting better at getting back to where we should be,” Edick said.
Experts attribute masks, vaccinations and immunities to stop the spread of the virus.
“We are resilient now, we are learning that this is still a problem, but we have the tools and resources to how we can be trained and vaccinated,” said Caroline DeFreitis, a visitor to New Bern.
The positive trend is evident at CarolinaEast Medical Center, where the most recent increase in cases passed three weeks ago when 67 people were in the hospital. From Monday, the number is 18.
“There are fewer patients in the hospital, and it looks like this variant is hopefully disappearing,” said Jim Davis, CarolinaEast Nurses Vice President.
Fewer cases and hospitalizations worldwide signaled California Gov. Gavin Newsom to announce the state’s shift to “endemic,” which The CDC defines as “the constant presence and / or usual occurrence of a disease or infectious agent in a population within a geographical area.”
Davis can see what COVID-19, which is endemic to our country, would look like.
“It does not disappear, but I think it comes to a point where we learn to live with the presence of COVID in our society.”
As North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper gives schools and local authorities the green light to lift mask mandates, Davis reminds people not to get too comfortable.
As both members of the local community and hospital staff agree, a little relief is long overdue.
“It’s been two long years, but it feels like we’re in a better place right now,” Davis said.
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