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Coronavirus detection in waste water up 70% in North Carolina

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COVID-19 particles found in sewage in North Carolina increased by nearly 70 percent in the past week. At 82.4 million virus particles, that is the highest number since last January.

COVID-19 particles found in sewage in North Carolina increased by nearly 70 percent in the past week.

At 82.4 million virus particles, that is the highest number since last January.

Last week's North Carolina COVID-19 dashboard update also shows that statewide hospital admissions also reached their highest level in nearly a year for the second straight week.

The increases in particles found in wastewater are a key predictor of a surge in cases, and NCDHHS officials say the bump in hospital admissions likely reflect the viral spread that took place during the winter holidays.

Another 209 coronavirus deaths were recorded, bringing the total to 27,908.

More details are available on the North Carolina COVID-19 dashboard HERE.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.