COVID-19 Situation Update: April 20 | Beaufort County Now | COVID-19 Situation Update: April 20

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
    News Releases:

    Weekly COVID-19 NC Update:

  • Increase in wastewater monitoring but steady in ER visits for COVID symptoms from last week
  • Increase in reported cases, but decrease in hospital admissions from last week
  • Medium to low levels of community risk in all counties
  • Most sequenced cases are Omicron BA. 2

    Weekly COVID-19 NC Vaccine Update:

  • 52% Vaccinated Population with at Least One Booster/Additional Dose
  • 76% Adult Population Vaccinated with at Least One Dose
  • 38% Children and Teens Vaccinated with at Least One Dose

    More information: https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard

    Weekly Update:

  • The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services launched Spring into Summer, a community campaign focused on increasing rates of COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters for adults and children.
  • NCDHHS released its plan for the current stage of the pandemic, Moving Forward Together (Spanish). NCDHHS also announced upcoming changes to its COVID-19 Data Dashboard starting today, March 23.

    COVID-19 Vaccinations:

  • A free COVID-19 vaccine is available to all who want it. Vaccination is open to everyone 5 and older. Visit MySpot.nc.gov to find a location.
  • To strengthen and extend protections against COVID-19, boosters are now available to all North Carolinians 12 and older. If you are eligible, you should get a booster now.
  • You should get a booster if:
  • You are 12 or older, and
  • You received your second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine at least five months ago, or
  • You received your Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago.
  • You can now get a second booster if:
  • You are 50 or older and got your first booster shot at least four months ago, or
  • You are 12 or older and have a compromised immune system, and got your first booster at least four months ago, or
  • You who received a total of two shots of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least four months ago.
  • To learn more about boosters and to find a spot to take your shot, go here.
  • For more information on the COVID-19 vaccines, visit YourSpotYourShot.nc.gov or call the COVID-19 Vaccine Help Center for free at 1-888-675-4567.

    COVID-19 Testing & Treatment:

  • It has never been easier or faster to get tested. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, or think you may have COVID-19, you should get tested.
  • To find a testing site near you, visit ncdhhs.gov/GetTested. For an up-to-date list of no-cost community testing events, visit the No-Cost Testing Events webpage. Additionally, all North Carolinians can request a free at-home COVID-19 testing kit.
  • COVID-19 treatments are available and can lower your risk of hospitalization or death. But treatments must be given as soon as you feel sick and can only be prescribed by a medical professional. Have symptoms? Don't wait:
  • Find a test-to-treat location to get treatment started ASAP
  • Talk to your doctor about treatment
  • Or call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 888-720-7489). The call center can help if you do not have a health care provider and is available in 150 languages.
  • Treatments are not a substitute for vaccination. Vaccines continue to offer the best protection against COVID-19.

    ICYMI:

  • As part of North Carolina's transition to the next phase of the pandemic, all dashboards are now published weekly. The last daily update was April 6 and the first weekly update was April 13. Data broken out by day will continue to be available for download on Data Behind the Dashboards, but the updates will post weekly.

   


    For a full list of the department's videos on COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines, visit the NCDHHS YouTube Channel. Videos can also be downloaded for use on the NCDHHS Vimeo Channel.

   

    For more information and updates on COVID-19, visit covid19.ncdhhs.gov and nc.gov/covid19. Those with COVID-19 vaccine questions can call the COVID-19 Vaccine Help Center at 1-888-675-4567, or visit YourSpotYourShot.nc.gov.


   Contact:
   North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
    Email: news@dhhs.nc.gov  •  Phone: (919) 855-4840
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