COVID Vaccine Live Updates: Here’s What To Know In North Carolina On Sept. 15

By Hayley Fowler and

Simone Jasper

We’re tracking the most up-to-date information about the coronavirus and vaccines in North Carolina. Check back for updates.

96 additional deaths reported

At least 1,368,743 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus, and at least 16,108 have died since March 2020, according to state health officials.

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday reported 5,805 new COVID-19 cases, down from 5,953 the day before.

Ninety-six additional coronavirus-related deaths were reported Friday. State health officials don’t specify the dates on which newly reported deaths occurred.

At least 3,359 people were reported hospitalized with COVID-19, including 895 adult patients who are being treated in intensive care units, health officials said.

On Wednesday, the latest date with available information, 8.6% of coronavirus tests were reported positive. Health officials say 5% or lower is the target rate to slow the spread of the virus.

Roughly 69% of adults in North Carolina have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, and about 64% have been fully vaccinated. State officials round vaccination numbers to the nearest whole number.

Mecklenburg to expand booster shot access

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Mecklenburg County Public Health said it will be prepared to offer COVID-19 vaccine booster shots starting Monday.

The vaccine will be available to eligible people at the county’s vaccination clinics, The Charlotte Observer reported.

While a U.S Food and Drug Administration advisory committee recommended a third Pfizer shot for people ages 65 and older and those at high risk for getting seriously sick, the CDC director recommended frontline workers also get the additional dose.

Mecklenburg Public Health Director Gibbie Harris didn’t immediately share if the county is giving shots to frontline workers but said: “We are awaiting more clinical guidance and will put that information out as soon as possible.”

Wake elementary teacher dies of COVID

A North Carolina fourth-grade teacher has died after contracting COVID-19.

Merridith Mongone, a mother of four who taught at Scotts Ridge Elementary School in Apex, had been hospitalized after she became sick in early August.

“She will be greatly missed by the staff, students, and Scotts Ridge community and our hearts go out to her friends and family,” the school said Thursday in a letter to families.

Mongone had worked for the Wake County district since 2018, and her school encouraged parents to monitor their children after the loss, The News & Observer reported.

Christi Vereckey, a friend, said that while she was alive, Mongone wished she had gotten vaccinated against COVID-19.

Raleigh venue requiring vaccinations, COVID tests for some shows

A Raleigh entertainment venue will require some event attendees to be fully vaccinated or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

The new rule starts Oct. 1 and applies to people attending events for all resident companies at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Those include the “Carolina Ballet, North Carolina Opera, North Carolina Symphony, North Carolina Theatre and PineCone,” The News & Observer reported Friday.

The Duke Energy Center said it’s joining other Triangle venues in requiring coronavirus vaccines or tests “in order to ensure a safe return to live, indoor performances and productions this fall.”

Other performers may have different rules, so attendees are encouraged to check for them online. Masks are required for all shows, and the venue said it’s providing hand sanitizer and allowing for air circulation, among other precautions.

‘The Daily Show’ features anti-mask rally in NC

A protest against masks in North Carolina was featured on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.”

The video, which aired on Thursday, shows Johnson County rally attendees complaining about face coverings as they marched to a Board of Education meeting on Sept. 14.

During the pandemic, health experts have urged people to wear face masks to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Greensboro pastor dies after COVID diagnosis

Kermit Wilson Jr., the leader of New Life Ministries in Greensboro, died last week after 41 days in intensive care with COVID-19.

Wilson was 43 years old, McClatchy News reported. He was married with three children.

The pastor is remembered for his “strong desire to motivate, educate, and equip people through the Word of God,” Lea Funeral Home in Raleigh said on its website.

Wilson tested positive for the coronavirus a month before he died. He spent his final days at WakeMed hospital’s Cary location.

Majority of Wake school workers report being vaccinated

Most workers in North Carolina’s largest school system say they have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

In a survey, 90% of Wake County school district workers said they have gotten their shots or plan to do so. Almost 86% of employees report being fully vaccinated.

Wake has more than 18,000 workers, who eventually will need to be vaccinated or be tested each week under a new federal requirement, The News & Observer reported Thursday.

Charlotte club faces fine for COVID violation

A North Carolina nightclub is facing a $1,000 fine after it violated coronavirus-related rules, officials said.

Dubai Sports Bar and Grill is accused of allowing people to dance on April 3, a time when statewide restrictions called for bar customers to stay in their seats. People at the business also didn’t practice social distancing or wear face masks, according to a report filed with the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission.

The business’ owner Emmanuel Reyes couldn’t be reached for comment on Wednesday.

If Reyes doesn’t pay the fine by Oct. 15, his club could have its alcohol license suspended, The Charlotte Observer reported.

This story was originally published September 24, 2021 7:24 AM.

Source : https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article254479837.html

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