NC COVID-19 Sept. 21 Update: Over 4,300 new cases, Gov. Cooper gives Tuesday briefing

North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (WAVY) — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services released its latest coronavirus statistics on Tuesday.

Daily COVID-19 cases in the state are up with 4,381 new cases being reported in the last 24 hours. Current hospitalizations are also up with 3,464 patients hospitalized in North Carolina due to the virus.

Overall, the state has reported 1,350,697 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The state’s daily positivity rate is at 11,0%.

As far as COVID-19 related deaths, the state has recorded a total of 15,811 fatalities since the beginning of the pandemic.

Gov. Roy Cooper and the state’s Coronavirus Task Force gave the latest COVID-19 updates during a briefing Tuesday afternoon. 90% of North Carolinians 65 and older have had at least one dose of the COVID vaccine. 87% are fully vaccinated. Gov. Cooper said the big push now is to encourage younger folks to protect themselves from the virus. 38% of children 12-17 are fully vaccinated while 42% of those 18-24 are.

“Keeping children safe, healthy and learning while in the classroom is the number one priority,” said Governor Cooper.

Meanwhile, hospitalizations, cases and emergency room visits have started to level out.

“As we continue to battle this disease it’s important to celebrate milestones like this,” Governor Cooper stated as he cautioned folks to not let their guard down just yet.

Local Counties Metrics:
Gates 940 – 14 deaths
Bertie 2,288 – 47 deaths
Camden 966 – 8 deaths
Chowan 2,091 – 38 deaths
Currituck 2,363 – 21 deaths
Dare 3,445 – 11 deaths
Hertford 2,592 – 66 deaths
Pasquotank 4,403 – 93 deaths
Perquimans 1,368 – 11 deaths

Percent of Adult Population Partially Vaccinated: 68%
Percent of Adult Population Fully Vaccinated: 63%

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