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North Carolina's COVID-19 ICU Numbers Reach Pandemic High

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North Carolina hit a pandemic high for the number of adults in Intensive Care Units. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services said in a news release that a record 912 adults were in the ICU on Thursday.  The number of COVID-19 patients on ventilators also reached a record high at 574. NCDHHS says unvaccinated people are more than 15 times more likely to die from COVID-19 compared to individuals who received the vaccine.  That’s according to new data in the weekly respiratory surveillance report.  In North Carolina, 65% of adults have received at least one COVID-19 shot and 60% of adults are fully vaccinated. 

Jared Brumbaugh is the Assistant General Manager for Public Radio East. An Eastern North Carolina native, Jared began his professional public radio career at Public Radio East while he was a student at Craven Community College earning his degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. During his 15+ years at Public Radio East, he has served as an award-winning journalist, producer, and on-air host. When not at the station, Jared enjoys hiking, traveling, and honing his culinary skills.