66 of 72 patients hospitalized with COVID are unvaccinated
SMITHFIELD – Johnston County Public Health Director Dr. Marilyn Pearson updated Johnston County Commissioners Tuesday on COVID-19 numbers. Dr. Pearson also recommended everyone take the COVID vaccination and wear masks while indoors or in crowded locations.
As of Tuesday, there had been a total of 28,115 COVID cases reported in Johnston County, with a recent average of 1,100 new cases per week, including over 300 new cases during the Labor Day Weekend.
A total of 72 Johnston County residents were in area hospitals being treated for COVID, including 62 at Johnston Health in Clayton and Smithfield, Dr. Pearson said. Of the 72 residents hospitalized, 66 were unvaccinated.
Dr. Pearson said in the last seven days there had been 10 COVID deaths including 8 deaths at Johnston Health within the past week.
420 break-through positive cases have been reported in individuals previously vaccinated.
COVID-19 testing continues to take place at area clinics, physician’s offices and hospitals. Fifteen percent of all individuals tested last week in the county tested positive, that is down slightly from 17 percent from the prior week. During the first week in July, 4.5% of individuals were testing positive. The highest was in December and January when it peaked with a 19 percent positivity rate. Approximately 5,000 to 6,000 people are now being tested weekly, up from a previous average of 3,000 to 4,000 per week.
Dr. Pearson said Johnston Health is currently at capacity with all beds at both hospitals being full. Non-emergency out-patient procedures have been temporarily suspended.
The Health Department is currently dealing with eight COVID outbreaks and three COVID clusters in Johnston County, she reported.