COVID 19 Updates

COVID-19 Positive Case Report for Robeson County Residents

August 8-August 14, 2022

Total number of positive cases this period
Total number of positive cases since March 20, 2020

Number of deaths associated with Covid-19 this time frame – 0

Number of deaths associated with Covid-19 since March 21, 2020 – 565

While the positive cases have risen locally, statewide ER visits and admissions due to Covid and cases are down, but the viral load in wastewater systems has increased. 21 out of 100 counties in NC remain in the high category for community transmission.  Robeson County and all contiguous counties excepting Hoke are “yellow” – which indicates moderate community transmission. Last week the county had an 11% positivity rate for testing – four weeks ago it was double that number. Nearly 100% of the cases are to the omicron variants. Remember the booster that is currently being provided has added in protections to these variants. As the weather gets cooler and more indoor activities occur, the likelihood of increased cases is high, so now is a good time to obtain the booster. And let’s not forget about the need for the seasonal flu vaccination.

There has been no change in the number of monkeypox cases locally – 2.

West Nile Virus has risen its head lately – although not here. However, given the advisory that we should expect a large amount of rain at the end of the week, next week should see a rise in the mosquito population – which is the transmitter of WNV to humans. The majority of people who contract it have no symptoms. For 20% they will suffer headaches, body aches, diarrhea, vomiting and a rash. 1% will suffer encephalitis, which affects the brain. Sprays, protective clothing and eliminating standing water (pots) are the best ways to decrease the opportunity to get bit by a mosquito.