RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) – New data from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services shows the significant impact of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The DHHS says hospitalizations and deaths among residents in long-term care facilities were significantly lower over the summer than they were last winter.
The department says while reported COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care facilities increased from July to September of this year, average weekly cases decreased by 89%, hospitalizations decreased by 93% and deaths decreased by 95% compared with November and December of last year.
THE DHHS says the decrease in deaths and hospitalizations can be attributed to the COVID-19 vaccine, as last year, residents were not vaccinated.
“This data from our long-term care facilities is more evidence that vaccines save lives,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D.
“Don’t wait until it’s too late. Get vaccinated to protect against COVID-19 and help your friends and loved ones to do the same.”
The DHHS reports that as of last week, more than 80% of long-term care facility residents have been fully vaccinated.
The department also says outbreaks in long-term care facilities are smaller in size and have fewer associated deaths compared with any other time during the pandemic.
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