More employees in Raleigh City had COVID-19 in January than at any time during the pandemic
More employees in Raleigh City had COVID-19 in January than at any time during the pandemic

More employees in Raleigh City had COVID-19 in January than at any time during the pandemic

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – Raleigh City Council will begin the process of returning to personal meetings next month. The City Council will meet in person for the March 1 and March 15 meetings. City council members plan to return to full personal meetings in April.

The city councils would also return in April, but have the option of returning in March.

The decision was based on declining COVID-19 cases in the state and among city employees.

“Last month was the highest number of COVID-positive cases we have had to date. On the positive side, we have seen the numbers fall sharply in February,” China Edwards, a medical assistant at the city’s staff and health center, told councilors in this week.

Edwards said the city went from 511 employees with COVID-19 in January to 66 so far in February.

A total of 1,408 employees in the city have had COVID-19 at one time. The highest months of infection were:

  • January 2022: 511 infections
  • December 2021: 127 infected
  • August 2021: 111 infections
  • January 2021: 93 infections

In terms of vaccination, 84 percent of full-time employees are fully vaccinated. Just over 56 percent of part-time employees are vaccinated.

Across the country, COVID-19 measurements are on a downward trend. The state reports that tests confirm new cases with the lowest rate since Christmas Eve. Tuesday’s 6,079 new cases were the most since February 12, breaking a series of three days in a row by fewer than 5,000. Still, the state seven-day average for new cases fell below 6,000 for the first time in 2022.

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