N.C. seeing uptick in COVID-19 cases, Cooper offers incentive for state workers to get booster
The number of cases reported in N.C. went from 9,800 last week to 12,509.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – COVID-91 cases in North Carolina are ticking up.
According to the state’s COVID-19 dashboard, more people visited emergency rooms reporting symptoms of the virus. Those numbers were up from 2% to 3% over the last week.
The state also monitors wastewater for the virus; that number was also up in the last seven days, going from 11.3 million COVID-19 virus particles to 12.2 million.
The number of cases reported in N.C. went from 9,800 last week to 12,509. However, those numbers are still low compared to where the state was back in mid-January when more than 234,000 new cases were reported in a single week.
A map from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows 99 counties are in the green, meaning low community spread. The one in white – Alamance County – is reporting medium community spread.
When it comes to vaccinations, 76% of adults in N.C. have had at least one dose. For children and teens, that number is far lower at 38%.
N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper just announced another incentive for state workers to get a booster.
He’s offering them a free paid vacation day if they get that booster by Aug. 31. That also applies to state employees who get the second booster.
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