Statewide, 60 more North Carolinians died since Tuesday's report. The death toll for the pandemic has now reached 14,212. 6,130 new cases were reported Wednesday (Aug. 25th). 3,502 people were hospitalized with the virus, up by 161 from Tuesday's report.
The Lincoln County Health Dept. issued another of its COVID Snapshots Wednesday (Aug. 25th).
The number of new cases since last Wednesday was 364, and the number of known active cases increased by 27--from 436 a week ago and 386 two weeks ago to 463 this week. 29% of the new cases over the last two weeks were people under 25; 64% of them were under 50.
Catawba County also released its weekly report Wednesday. Ctawba County had 398 new cases since last Wednesday. The report showed nine more Catawba County residents had died from COVID-19 in the last week.
North Carolina set one new COVID-related record on Thursday, and came close to another. For the first time, NCDHHS reported that 60% of the state's adult population has now been fully vaccinated. That good news was more than offset by the bad.
Back at the end of December 2020, North Carolina reported 8,551 new cases of COVID-19 in a single day--but that report included cases from a previous day that weren’t counted at the time. On Thursday, August 26th, NCDHHS reported 8,620 new cases--not quite a new one-day record. The most in a single day was 8,915 in mid-January, at the height of the third wave surge. Hospitalizations, which were near 4,000 in January, increased to 3,552--up by 50 from Wednesday's figure. 25% of those hospitalized with the virus are in intensive care.
While some Gaston County Commissioners remain unvaccinated, that board approved a plan Tuesday evening (Aug. 24th) that will provide a $250 bonus to any Gaston County employee who is vaccinated by October 15th. If more than 75 percent of the county’s more than 1,700 employees get the COVID-19 vaccine by October 15th, those vaccinated employees will be in line to receive an additional $250.
To date, COVID-19 has cost Gaston County approximately $1.3 million in COVID sick time as well as the cost of medical treatment, screening and testing for employees.
“The longer we go with a significant percentage of our employees not vaccinated, the greater risk we put ourselves in,” County Manager Dr. Kim Eagle said.