Washington, District of Columbia 2021-09-17 18:31:48 –
Residents of Beaufort County were surprised to see 100 new positive COVID-19 cases reported Thursday in the county’s daily report.
“This is a data load issue,” said health director Jim Madson. “Sometimes we get that data late Wednesday night and Thursday morning numbers. The daily numbers don’t indicate a problem. We’re really looking at the 7-day average. “
The seven-day average was 53.4 as of Friday afternoon. Madson is encouraged about how the indicator is trending.
“The number increased exponentially from late July to early August,” says Madson. “But last week the numbers seemed to slow down a bit. So the numbers continue to grow, but the slopes are more gradual, so I hope we can see some plateaus in the near future. . “
Madson said vaccination has played an important role in that trend. About 51% of Beaufort County residents are at least partially vaccinated with COVID-19, and about 47% are fully vaccinated. For the adult population, 61.2% of that age group is partially vaccinated and 56.3% are fully vaccinated.
The partial vaccination rate for 12 to 17 years old is 26%. Almost 20% of that age group is fully vaccinated.
Madson said unvaccinated individuals accounted for 90% of the cases recorded in Beaufort County since June 1.
Beaufort County School, which currently imposes mask mandates on all students and staff, continues to confirm the impact of COVID-19.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ weekly report on ongoing clusters in childcare and school environments, updated on Tuesday, included a cluster at Chocowinity Elementary School. The cluster contained 11 cases. Ten were students involved and one was staff involved.
According to NCDHHS, a cluster is defined as “at least 5 positive cases identified by a positive molecule (PCR) or positive antigen test result that develops within 14 days or has a plausible epidemiological association between the first positive result and the case.” Will be done.
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