NC County Alert Map June 20-July 3, 2021

Avery County is one of 19 counties with low community spread of COVID-19, according to the latest County Alert System update from the NC Dept. of Health and Human Services.

RALEIGH — Approximately 56 percent of all adults age 18 and older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to statistics from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services as of Monday, July 12.

The organization reports that more than 9.01 million total doses of vaccine have been administered in the state as of July 12, noting that of individuals 65 years of age and older, 82 percent of the population has received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 80 percent have received their full allotment. Of individuals 18 and older, 53 percent of the state’s residents have been completely vaccinated.

Locally, NCDHHS data indicates that Avery County has administered a total of 7,943 first doses of vaccine, or 45 percent of Avery County residents who have received their first-dose vaccine as of July 12, with 42 percent of the overall county population, or 7,412 individuals, having received a second-dose vaccination.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services on July 3 updated the COVID-19 County Alert System. According to the report, one of North Carolina’s counties, Bladen County is currently red, or experiencing critical spread, while Wilson County is experiencing orange, or substantial virus spread. Of the remaining counties, 29 are experiencing significant viral spread, 50 are experiencing moderate viral spread and 19 counties, including Avery and Mitchell counties, are experiencing low viral spread.

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.

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Latest local, state and national COVID-19 statistics

As of Monday, July 12, according to available dashboard data from the NCDHHS, the total number of coronavirus cases stands at 1,017,435 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19.

NCDHHS reports that 13,483 people have passed away in connection with COVID-19 since March 2020.

NCDHHS reported on July 12 that Avery County has 2,166 total positive community cases. The department reports Avery with 21 deaths associated with the virus.

According to NCDHHS Dashboard data on July 12, Avery reports three cases per 10,000 residents over the previous 14-day period, In comparison, Mitchell County reports zero cases per 10,000 residents, while Yancey County reports zero cases per 10,000 residents. Watauga County reports two cases per 10,000 residents, while Ashe County reports three 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 July 12, Mitchell County reported a total of 1,477 positive cases and 16 deaths. NCDHHS reports Yancey County with 1,638 total cases as of July 12 with 28 deaths.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University & Medicine reports more than 186.7 million cases of COVID-19 worldwide, with the U.S. totaling 33.85 million cases in the nation as of July 12. Johns Hopkins reports that the United States has experienced 607,155 deaths related to COVID-19 as of July 12.

The N.C. State Laboratory of Public Health, reporting hospitals and commercial labs report more than 13.94 million completed tests as of Monday, July 12, according to NCDHHS.

The estimate of people presumed to have recovered from the virus as of June 28 is more than 994,472 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 4,779 positive tests, with one active case and 32 deaths among residents, while Ashe County reports 2,280 positive cases, with six active cases and 46 deaths as of July 12, according to AppHealthCare data.

Caldwell County reports 9,534 positive tests as of July 12 with 111 deaths, while Wilkes County has 6,961 reported cases and 117 deaths, according to NCDHHS Dashboard data.

NCDHHS reports McDowell County with 5,293 cases and 63 deaths. Burke County reports 10,161 cases and 164 deaths attributed to the virus, according to NCDHHS.

In Tennessee, Johnson County reports 2,450 cases with 39 deaths, while Carter County reports 6,786 cases and 161 deaths as of July 12 according to statistics from the Tennessee Department of Health.

Statewide, the top four counties reporting total positive cases are Mecklenburg County (115,088), Wake County (89,846), Guilford County (48,800) and Forsyth County (37,083), the sum of which comprises 28.58 percent of all confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in North Carolina, according to July 12 NCDHHS statistics.

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.

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