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Nash County coronavirus cases skyrocketing

Case have doubled the quadrupled number

Posted on January 12, 2022

Updated on January 17, 2022

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Drew C. Wilson | Restoration NewsMedia

lkay@springhopeenterprise.com | 252-265-8117

NASHVILLE — After quadrupling during the holidays, the number of new coronavirus cases in Nash County doubled in the first week of the new year.

A total of 2,442 new COVID-19 cases were reported from Jan. 4-10. That represents a sharp increase from the previous week, which saw 1,425 new cases in Nash County between Dec. 28 and Jan. 3, a huge jump up from 373 cases from Dec. 21-27.

The county has experienced a total of 20,181 cases with 249 deaths, five in the last week, according to information provided by Jerome Garner, public health education specialist and public information officer for the Nash County Health Department.

Technical issues with the N.C. Electronic Disease Surveillance System prevented the local health department from reporting categorical data by age.

A Jan. 11 snapshot showed 52 patients were being treated for COVID-19 at Nash UNC Health Care.

Fifty-nine percent of Nash County residents have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine.

Being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and getting a booster provides the best defense against the omicron variant’s current surge. But only a little more than a third of those vaccinated have gotten a booster, said Dr. Tracei Ball, chief medical officer and spokesperson with the We Can Do This COVID-19 Public Education Campaign.

To find a vaccine location, ask questions and more, call the Nash County COVID-19 Hotline at 252-462-2079. For additional data, visit the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Dashboard at https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard.

For COVID-19 vaccination information, visit https://nashcountync.gov/731/COVID-19-Information.

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