Forty-eight North Carolina’s counties are now experiencing critical community spread of COVID-19, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported.

Of the eight counties including and surrounding Craven County, Lenoir and Carteret counties were significant community spread, the most mild category, and Onslow County was experiencing critical community spread. The remaining five were experiencing substantial spread.

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The report contains data collected within a two-week period ending Dec. 4. The report does not include Craven County’s most recent spiking numbers.

What’s new in the Dec. 4 County Alert

  • The number of red counties has more than doubled from the Nov. 23 County Alert, up to 48 from 20 counties.
  • There are 34 orange counties as compared to 42 counties in that last report.
  • In accordance with Executive Order 181, individuals in all counties should stay at home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless an exception applies, and many businesses must close at 10 p.m.
  • Individuals in all counties should avoid holiday travel, follow guidance for celebrating winter holidays safely, and get the COVID-19 vaccine when it is available and their turn.
  • Institutes of Higher Education should adopt regular testing of students and staff, and students and staff should follow Safer Holiday Breaks guidance
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County Metrics

The COVID-19 County Alert System uses a combination of metrics to determine whether a county meets criteria to be in the red or orange tier. These metrics provide information about the amount of viral spread and hospital impact in the county.

To be assigned to the red or orange tier, a county must meet the threshold for case rate for that tier AND the threshold for either percent positive OR hospital impact.

  • Case Rate: The number of new cases in 14 days per 100,000 people
  • Percent Positive: The percent of tests that are positive over 14 days
  • Hospital Impact: A composite score based on the impact that COVID-19 has had on hospitals including percent of COVID-19 hospitalizations, COVID-19 related visits to the Emergency Department, staffed open hospital beds, and critical staffing shortages over 14 days

* Case Rate: The number of new cases in 14 days per 100,000 people
Percent Positive: The percent of tests that are positive over 14 days
Hospital Impact: A composite score based on the impact that COVID-19 has had on hospitals including percent of COVID-19 hospitalizations, COVID-19 related visits to the Emergency Department, staffed open hospital beds, and critical staffing shortages over 14 days

For more information, go to the full report here.

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  1. Appreciate your continued reportage. Hope you are completely recovered.

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