Cooper and NC COVID task force hold briefing Monday, push for boosters


RALEIGH, N.C. (WAVY) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and members of the state’s coronavirus task force held a briefing Monday to encourage more COVID vaccinations, particularly booster shots, as metrics increase in North Carolina and nationwide.

North Carolina’s reporting about 3,600 new cases on average per day and 1,630 people were hospitalized with COVID as of Dec. 19. The state reported more than 10,500 new cases alone since Friday, Cooper said.

Outgoing NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, who’s still on the task force until Jan. 1, said that the delta variant of COVID is still dominant in North Carolina but the extremely contagious omicron variant is in the state and spreading quickly.

Cohen and Cooper encouraged people to get boosters to help prevent severe symptoms from omicron, especially people in these categories:

  • People 65 and older
  • People with underlying health conditions
  • Workers in long-term care facilities
  • Other health care workers

Watch the full briefing above.

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