Updated COVID-19 Vaccine Recommended
The CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get a the new updated COVID-19 vaccine. The updated vaccines target the variants that are making people sick now.
Two vaccines, from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, will be available in the coming weeks.
Check back for availability.
Emergency Department Visits due to COVID-Like Illness in Mecklenburg County
During September 1 - September 14, 2023, there were 1055 emergency department (ED) visits for COVID-19-like illness (CLI) in Mecklenburg County.
Of those ED visits, 10.9% resulted in hospital admission.
As of September 21, 2023, the COVID-19 hospital admission level in Mecklenburg County is LOW. Take the following safety precautions*:
- Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and boosters.
- Maintain ventilation improvements.
- Avoid contact with people who have suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
- Follow recommendations for isolation if you have suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
- Follow recommendations for what to do if you are exposed to someone with COVID-19.
- If you are at high risk of getting very sick, talk with a healthcare provider about additional prevention actions.
* People may choose to wear a mask at any time. People with COVID-19 symptoms, positive COVID-19 test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask around others.
Surveillance of Variants in North Carolina
During August 27 - September 9, 2023, the following strains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus were present in North Carolina:
- Omicron XBB-like variants made up 86% of samples.
- All other variants made up 14% of samples.
Wastewater Monitoring in Mecklenburg County
Percentage of COVID-19 Positive Wastewater Samples
As of September 20, 2023, the SARS-CoV-2 virus was found in Mecklenburg County wastewater in the following amounts:
- 60-80% of the wastewater samples tested at 2 monitoring sites
- 80-100% of the wastewater samples tested at 2 monitoring sites
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