RALEIGH — Approximately 42 percent of all adults age 18 and older have received both rounds of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to statistics from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

The organization reports that more than 7.3 million total doses of vaccine have been administered in the state as of May 3, noting that of individuals 65 years of age and older, 78 percent of the population has received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 73.5 percent have received their full allotment. Of individuals 18 and older, 49.6 percent of residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine administration, with 41.7 percent completely vaccinated.

More than 500,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in North Carolina over the past seven days.

Locally, NCDHHS data indicates that Avery County has administered a total of 6,298 first doses of vaccine, or 35.9 percent of Avery County residents who have received their first-dose vaccine as of May 3, with 31.6 percent of the overall county population, or 5,544 individuals, having received a second-dose vaccination.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services on April 29 updated the COVID-19 County Alert System. According to the report, none of North Carolina’s counties are currently red. There are 30 orange counties, 56 yellow counties, 14 light yellow counties, and no green counties. In comparison, the previous report posted April 15 showed one red county, 20 orange counties, 48 yellow counties, 30 light yellow counties, and one green county.

To slow the spread of the virus, people should get vaccinated and continue adherence to the 3Ws until most people have a chance to get vaccinated. Regardless of what tier your county is currently in, individuals, businesses, community organizations and public officials all have a responsibility to take these recommended actions and others outline in the County Alert System.

The COVID-19 County Alert System gives individuals, businesses and community organizations, and public officials a tool to understand how their county is faring and to make decisions about actions to take slow the spread of the virus. The level of risk and its color classification is determined by multiple factors, including new cases in the county per 100,000 residents over the previous 14-day period, the percent of COVID-19 tests coming back positive, and the hospital impact within each county.

Click to https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vaccines for more information on vaccines and vaccine distribution statewide, and to learn more about North Carolina’s vaccine rollout, click to YourSpotYourShot.nc.gov.

Local, state and national statistics

As of Monday, May 3, according to available dashboard data from the NCDHHS, the total number of coronavirus cases rose statewide to 974,319 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19.

NCDHHS reports that 12,691 people have passed away in connection with COVID-19, including 131 North Carolinians who have died related to the virus over the previous seven-day period.

NCDHHS reported on May 3 that Avery County has 2,101 total positive community cases, an increase of 17 cases from the previous week. The department reports Avery with 20 deaths associated with the virus.

According to NCDHHS Dashboard data on May 3, Avery reports 24 cases per 10,000 residents over the previous 14-day period, In comparison, Mitchell County reports 37 cases per 10,000 residents, while Yancey County reports 21 cases per 10,000 residents. Watauga County reports 29 cases per 10,000 residents, while Ashe County reports 20 cases per 10,000 residents during the same 14-day period.

“Public health staff is working to complete the investigations and they are contacting close contacts to contain the spread of disease,” TRHD reported. “The Yancey, Mitchell and Avery County health departments will keep the public informed by announcing any additional cases that may arise through our local media partners.”

According to latest NCDHHS Dashboard data on May 3, Mitchell County reported a total of 1,413 positive cases and 16 deaths. NCDHHS reports Yancey County with 1,596 total cases as of May 3 with 28 deaths.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University & Medicine reports more than 153.1 million cases of COVID-19 worldwide, with the U.S. totaling 32.47 million cases in the nation as of May 3. Johns Hopkins reports that the United States has experienced 577,500 deaths related to COVID-19 as of Monday, May 3.

The N.C. State Laboratory of Public Health, reporting hospitals and commercial labs report more than 12.5 million completed tests as of Monday, May 3, according to NCDHHS.

The estimate of people presumed to have recovered from the virus as of May 3 is more than 938,740 statewide, with the estimate provided each Monday afternoon by NCDHHS. NCDHHS estimates a median time to recovery of 14 days from the date of specimen collection for non-fatal COVID-19 cases who were not hospitalized, or if hospitalization status is unknown. The estimated median recovery time is 28 days from the date of specimen collection for hospitalized non-fatal COVID-19 cases.

In neighboring counties, Watauga County reports 4,644 positive tests, with 19 active cases and 31 deaths among residents, while Ashe County reports 2,207 positive cases, with 18 active cases and 44 deaths as of May 3, according to AppHealthCare data.

Caldwell County reports 9,267 positive tests as of May 3 with 105 deaths, while Wilkes County has 6,582 reported cases and 111 deaths, according to NCDHHS Dashboard data.

NCDHHS reports McDowell County with 5,203 cases and 63 deaths. Burke County reports 9,891 cases and 153 deaths attributed to the virus, according to NCDHHS.

In Tennessee, Johnson County reports 2,389 cases with 38 deaths, while Carter County reports 6,596 cases and 156 deaths as of May 3 according to statistics from the Tennessee Department of Health.

Statewide, the top four counties reporting total positive cases are Mecklenburg County (110,561), Wake County (86,279), Guilford County (46,705) and Forsyth County (35,423), the sum of which comprises 28.6 percent of all confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in North Carolina, according to May 3 NCDHHS statistics. NCDHHS data reveals that only eight of North Carolina’s 100 counties (Camden, Clay, Gates, Graham, Hyde, Jones, Perquimans and Tyrrell) report less than 1,000 total positive COVID-19 cases.

The reported testing numbers could be incomplete due to differences in reporting from health departments and other agencies. Sources include Toe River Health District, AppHealthCare, NCDHHS, Caldwell County Health Department and Tennessee Department of Health.

Updated news and information on the coronavirus pandemic and the state’s response can be found by clicking to covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard.

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