Another summer awaits us and yet the COVID-19 is still here.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser to President Biden, announced on Wednesday that he had tested positive for COVID-19.
Fauci, 81, has mild symptoms and has been boosted twice, the institute said in a statement.
According to data from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, North Carolina is about where it was nearly a year ago when it comes to hospitalizations and cases.
925 patients were treated in North Carolina hospitals with coronavirus in the week ending June 11, according to data released by the state on Wednesday. Compared to the same week in 2021, there were far fewer people admitted to hospital.
The current data is more comparable to that seen in July 2021, when cases of the delta variant began to climb.
New COVID-19 cases reported, deaths in North Carolina
New lab-confirmed cases and deaths are based on daily reports from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services via the agency’s COVID-19 dashboard. The dashboard began posting the number of cases on March 13 and the number of deaths on March 26. Since these numbers of cases and deaths may be slightly off depending on how long it takes for labs to process tests and for health officials to confirm cases, we also calculate a seven-day moving average to show the curve of case. NOTE: This graph now includes cases and deaths identified by antigen testing, which DHHS began reporting on its dashboard on September 25. Learn more about fixes and compare changes here.
Source: NC DHHS
Graphic: Tyler Dukes, WRAL
About 700 patients were in hospital with COVID-19 in the week ending July 24, 2021, and more than 1,000 were hospitalized in the week ending July 31. The numbers only continued to climb from there, until they peaked in early September at 2,781 patients.
North Carolina reported 23,211 new cases this week, down 10% from last week. Cases have been declining since peaking at a weekly total of 28,913 on May 21.
Scientists and experts believe that current data from North Carolina does not correctly capture the total number of coronavirus cases circulating in the community. Home coronavirus tests don’t have to be reported to the state, which means state data likely doesn’t show many people testing positive at home.
North Carolina is seeing roughly the same number of weekly COVID-19 deaths as last June. During the week ending June 11, the state reported that 25 people died from the virus. Last year, in the week ending June 19, 31 people died while testing positive for COVID-19.
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, based at the University of Washington in Seattle, estimates that COVID-19 cases in the United States will peak again in June, although that peak will be short-lived.
KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor surveys show that a majority of Americans have resumed their pre-pandemic activities.