NC coronavirus update April 21: Pediatricians working with area high schools to get teens vaccinated against COVID-19

RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) – Here are the latest updates on COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus in North Carolina.

6:20 am

Now that everyone 16 and older is eligible to get vaccinated, there is growing pressure to get older teens to take the photo.

Chapel Hill Pediatrics has partnered with high schools in the area to encourage juniors and seniors to get vaccinated.

“They’re getting the virus at an increasing rate and many of them are being hospitalized or getting severe COVID. So we’re trying to get the word out that yes, they are at risk, yes they are prone to serious illness. So we want to get the word out. change that mindset that they are invincible and will not catch the virus, “said Dr. Mary Braithwaite.

The Pfizer vaccine is currently the only one approved for 16 and 17 year olds.

MAIN FEATURES OF THE WEDNESDAY MORNING
Governor Roy Cooper will provide a COVID-19 pandemic update at 2pm today.

Cooper’s announcement comes as the state’s hospital admissions hit their all-time high in a month.

Meanwhile, Wake County Public Schools is expected to make an announcement today regarding graduation plans for this year. That announcement is expected at 1 p.m.

Yesterday, the school district confirmed that Virtual Academy would be an option for parents and students for the coming school year.

Vaccinations continue across the country. More than half of all adults are at least partially vaccinated.

A first-dose drive-thru vaccination clinic is taking place in Johnston County today. Appointment is not required. The clinic starts at 8 am at West Johnston High School in Benson.

TUESDAY
8:15 pm
The Wake County school board has approved the virtual academy for 2021-2022.

The board approved the plan on Tuesday. The academy will serve classes K-12 and there will be a separate virtual learning option for Pre-K students.

The registration window opens on Thursday, April 22 and closes on May 2.

More information can be found here.

2:28 PM
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reporting 1,200 new cases out of a total of 950,566 cases since the start of the pandemic.

The number of cases is the lowest in two weeks. The positive percentage of the tests is at 7.4%, higher than the 5% range that NCDHHS would like to see lower than at the same time a week ago.

A total of 74 people are still hospitalized, for a total of 1,170. It is the first time that more than 1,100 hospitalizations have been admitted in a month (since March 9 with 1,147).

Nineteen additional deaths were reported Monday for a total of 12,437 statewide.

In all, about 37% of the state’s population is partially vaccinated and about 27% of the population is fully vaccinated.

13:58 hours
The Halifax County Health Department is reporting four new cases for a total of 5,412 COVID 19 positive cases. Since the start of the pandemic, 108 deaths have occurred across the country.

11:10 am
Booster shots for the COVID-19 vaccine may not be necessary after all.

Dr. Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease expert, has reviewed the preliminary Pfizer data released this month. She said no breakthrough infections have been reported since the first vaccination trial began nearly a decade ago.

“Anyone who received the vaccine during the trials will receive it in July 2020,” she said. “We do not see any breakthrough infections, even in the setting of power surges.”

That’s why she said the vaccine may protect people from the virus for more than a year. Time will tell.

9:31 AM

Duke University’s COVID-19 Test and Contact Discovery Program conducted 18,504 tests on 9,951 students and 2,190 tests on 1,125 faculty / staff for the period April 12-18, with a total of 26 positive results. The overall positivity rate was 0.13 percent.

7:20 am
Local doctors support experimental treatment for COVID-19.

Cape Fear Valley Health doctors participated in a clinical trial using recovering plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients to treat people in early stages of coronavirus infection.

However, data collected from that study shows that the treatment does not make a significant difference to patients.

That’s why the doctors at Cape Fear Valley Health said they will try a number of other treatments that showed more promise.

HEADLINES TUESDAY MORNING
Starting at noon, Wheels Fun Park on North Hoover Road in Durham will issue COVID-19 vaccines to every adult who shows up.

No appointment is required.

That’s because FEMA announced that its mass vaccination site in Greensboro has vaccinated more than 100,000 people. The site opened on March 10 at Four Season Towne Center.

Today, the North Carolina House of Representatives will hold a final vote on a bill to give tax breaks to companies that received federal funds during the pandemic.

Currently, companies are required to pay taxes on Paycheck Protection Program loans. If the bill were to become law, those taxes would be abolished.

If you’ve gotten the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said you should check yourself for new symptoms.

The symptoms to watch for include headaches, backaches, stomachaches, shortness of breath, swollen legs, and new or easy bruising.

If you notice any of these symptoms, contact your healthcare provider immediately.

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