On Friday, April 16, the NC Department of Health and Human Services released its regular COVID-19 update and, according to the stats in that report, almost exactly one out of three adults in the state are now fully vaccinated.
That number is 33.3 percent to be exact – and, nearly half, 45.8 percent, of the adults in North Carolina had been at least partially vaccinated.
State and local health officials are now at the point where they’re worried about vaccine hesitancy more than vaccine supply. Both Guilford County and the State of North Carolina have been putting a good deal of effort into convincing all adults in the state to get vaccinated. Earlier this year, vaccinations largely went to those at high risk – such as older adults and front-line medical workers – but now the vaccines are open to anyone 16 years of age or older and it’s taking much longer for vaccination appointments to fill up.
The Friday report from the state also noted 2,475 newly reported cases, a statewide percent positive rate of 5.5 percent, and a total of 12,387 deaths in North Carolina that have been attributed to the coronavirus.
The number of hospitalizations attributed to COVID-19 on April 16 was 1,064. The state has hovered around that 1,000 mark in recent weeks.
In another report released this week, the state announced that the number of counties in the state designated as red – for a “critical” degree of community spread – had risen from zero counties to one. The only county now in the red is Edgecombe County in eastern North Carolina.
On that same scale, there are 20 counties in the orange (showing “substantial” community spread), 48 yellow counties (”significant” spread), 30 light yellow counties (“moderate” spread) and one green county (“low” community spread). That looks very similar to the findings in the previous report on April 1. At the start of the month, there were 21 orange counties, 47 yellow counties, 31 light yellow counties and 1 green county.