Sun. Oct 2nd, 2022

The latest COVID-19 variant doesn’t appear to be causing major surges of the disease in Cumberland County, but health officials say residents should remain cautious.

The county has had a little more than 800 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the most recent full week and nearly 2,700 cases in the last full month, according to Health Director Jennifer Green. The most recent weekly numbers were higher than the week before, she said.

The number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and emergency room visits in the county have not been “anywhere near the height” of the omicron variant surge, Green said. The recent trends look more like the impact of the delta variant before it peaked, she said.

Cumberland County is at the medium level for COVID-19 transmission on July 22, 2022, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The percentage of COVID-19 cases from the most recent BA.5 and BA.4 variants isn’t available on the county level, but statistics for North Carolina indicate that most cases in the state are from those two, Green said.

Green said the two variants seem to be more contagious than previous variants but aren’t causing a large increase in hospitalizations, in part because residents have access to vaccinations and treatments.

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