Several NC COVID-19 News Updates

December 11, 2020

North Carolina’s response to COVID-19 has been in the national eye lately. On Sunday, CNN featured an 8-minute interview with NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) Secretary Mandy Cohen, MD, MPH about distribution of the first COVID-19 vaccines. Sec. Cohen detailed the “massive” logistical undertaking distributing the vaccine entails. Watch the interview here.

The first 85,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine will go to those workers at 50-60 hospitals statewide who are in direct contact with COVID-19 patients. On Monday, NCDHHS released the first 11 of those hospital slated to get the first shipment of vaccines:

Bladen Healthcare
Caldwell Memorial Hospital
CarolinaEast Medical Center
Catawba Valley Medical Center
Cumberland County Hospital System Inc.
Duke University Health System
Henderson County Hospital Corporation
Hoke Healthcare LLC
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority (Atrium Health)
University of North Carolina Shared Services
Wake Forest Baptist Health

The state also featured prominently in an Associated Press article over the weekend about the under-use of COVID-19 exposure tracking apps. The smartphone tool used in the District of Columbia, Guam and 16 states, including North Carolina where it is called SlowCOVIDNC, is meant to help in contact tracing. Learn more about SlowCOVIDNC, how it works and where to download it here.

Nationwide, the article notes that a small percentage of people – about 1 in 14 -- have downloaded the app in the 18 areas of the country it is available. In North Carolina, where the app launched in September, about 482,000 of the 10.5 million state residents have installed it through the end of November. Read the article here.