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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
News Release:


    Communities across the country and here in eastern North Carolina are witnessing worrying trends as COVID-19 positive cases and hospitalizations continue to rise. As of Jan. 4, the Omicron variant has contributed to almost all of our total variants detected a number that has increased exponentially each week.

    Since Dec. 1, Vidant Health has seen a 340% increase in the weekly average of COVID positivity rate in our region.

    Covid Testing: 7-day moving average

    December 1: 7.3%

    January 3: 32.1%

    We have also experienced a 183% increase in the total number of COVID-positive inpatients across our hospitals during this time, with the vast majority of these individuals being unvaccinated.

    Covid Inpatients:

    December 1: 52

    January 3: 147

    As eastern North Carolina continues to see rising COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and demand for testing, the COVID-19 vaccine and booster is now more important than ever. Vidant Health is offering the COVID-19 vaccine to everyone 5 and older. We are also offering third dose and booster appointments to eligible community members. To learn more about how to get vaccinated or if you are eligible for a booster, please visit

    Vidant Health has 14 testing locations across eastern North Carolina to help you get tested for COVID-19. If you need a test, please visit to find a Vidant testing location near you. Due to significant demand for COVID testing, please expect delays.


    Brian Floyd, RN, MBA, president, Vidant Medical Center and chief operating officer, Vidant Health Hospitals

    Dr. T. Ryan Gallaher, infectious disease specialist, Vidant Health


    2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022


    Virtual over Zoom


    Please inform us if you plan to attend and a Zoom link will be provided.

    Contact: Ashlin Elliott
    Vidant Public Relations
    Phone: 252-412-9436
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