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NC Coronavirus Updates: New Booster Vaccine Data Shared

According to a report, most nursing home workers in North Carolina don't have the latest COVID-19 vaccines.

According to a report, most nursing home workers in North Carolina don’t have the latest COVID-19 vaccines.

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We are tracking information about the coronavirus and vaccines in North Carolina. Check back every week for updates.

More than 5,000 new COVID cases

At least 5,719 new coronavirus cases were reported in North Carolina last week, up from 6,556 the week before, according to preliminary data from state health officials.

The NC Department of Health and Human Services also reported 495 new weekly COVID-19 hospitalizations, down from 566 the previous week, according to figures through Nov. 19, the latest metrics available. The daily average of adult coronavirus patients in intensive care was 84, compared to 70 the week before.

The numbers were released on Wednesday, November 23, about eight months after health officials began adjusting information on their coronavirus dashboard and releasing weekly COVID-19 data. The numbers were updated almost daily.

About 78% of North Carolina adults have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, and about 73% have completed a first round of vaccination. Of the state’s total population, about 63% have completed their first round and about 67% have received at least one dose. State officials round immunization numbers to the nearest whole number.

As of Nov. 19, more than 3.9 million “first original booster/adjuvant doses” have been administered in North Carolina, according to the health department. Health officials have urged those eligible for a booster as data shows it offers increased protection against the Omicron variant coronavirus.

Statewide, virtually all new COVID-19 cases were attributed to Omicron variant “lines” in the two weeks leading up to Nov. 12, the latest period for which data is available.

Most nursing home workers in NC don’t have the latest vaccines, data shows

About 19% of North Carolina nursing home workers do not have the latest recommended doses of COVID-19 vaccines, raising fears staff will put residents at risk, new data shows.

At the same time, most nursing home residents are unaware of their admissions, according to AARP.

The data was divided because only about 15% of people in North Carolina received the new bivalent booster shots that are said to target the Omicron variant coronavirus. Older people are more likely to become seriously ill after contracting COVID-19, which experts say can spread easily in nursing homes and other residential communities.

Bill Lamb, who serves on the board of Friends of Residents in Long Term Care, said changes could come after a push from families.

“I don’t understand why healthcare professionals, who should know better, are lagging behind on vaccination,” he said, according to The News & Observer. “If your mother was at high risk, would you want someone to take care of her who wasn’t vaccinated?”

Uptown Charlotte is showing signs of a comeback

After the coronavirus pandemic forced many people to work remotely, Uptown Charlotte is showing signs of recovery.

At One Wells Fargo Center — also known as One South — landlords poured $42 million into upgrades. One floor has a new design with a cafe, shuffleboard and space for remote workers to participate, The Charlotte Observer reported.

“We’re seeing an emphasis on the quality of work-life balance post-pandemic,” said David Pitser, the building’s property manager and partner at Childress Klein. “And having things that make working life easier.”

The changes come as uptown Charlotte’s commercial and retail sales have surpassed pre-pandemic levels, records show.

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Simone Jasper is a reporter who covers breaking news for The News & Observer and real-time news in the Carolinas.

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Tanasia is a real-time national reporter based in Atlanta, covering news from Georgia, Mississippi and the Southeast. Their sub beat is retail and consumer news. She is a graduate of Kennesaw State University and joined McClatchy in 2020.

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