New cases of COVID-19 in the Triangle continued to decrease over the past week, data from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services show.
The Triangle comprises Wake, Durham, Orange, Chatham and Johnston counties.
In the past week, there were 1,965 new cases of COVID-19 in all of the Triangle, a rate of 103 per 100,000 people.
That’s down from the week prior when 2,375 new cases were reported, and the rate was 125 per 100,000.
As of Friday, 1,666 people had died due to COVID-19 in the Triangle since the start of the pandemic in March 2020. Eighteen of those deaths were reported in the past week.
DHHS does not specify when deaths occurred when it updates it totals, so those 18 deaths could have happened more than a week ago.
In the Triangle counties of Wake, Durham and Orange, the full vaccination rate among those eligible, ages 12 and up, is higher than North Carolina’s rate, 64%.
The vaccine remains the best protection against COVID-19.
A DHHS study from late August found that those unvaccinated are more than four times as likely to contract COVID-19 and 15 times more likely to die from the disease, The News & Observer reported.
County-to-county comparisons over the last week
Here’s COVID-19 case data over the last week at the local, statewide and national levels, along with how much each metric has increased or decreased from the week prior.
Vaccine rates are among those currently eligible, ages 12 and up.
Deaths are over the whole pandemic.
Weekly cases: 16,529 (-5,290)
Per 100,000: 156 (-50)
Full vaccination rate (age 12+): 64% (+1)
Total deaths: 17,765 (+309)
Weekly cases: 1,300 (-242)
Per 100,000: 117 (-22)
Full vaccination rate (age 12+): 78% (+1)
Total deaths: 880 (+5)
Weekly cases: 245 (-51)
Per 100,000: 76 (-16)
Full vaccination rate (age 12+): 75% (+1)
Total deaths: 257 (no change)
Weekly cases: 94 (-36)
Per 100,000: 63 (-25)
Full vaccination rate (age 12+): 79% (no change)
Total deaths: 110 (+1)
Weekly cases: 60 (-23)
Per 100,000: 81 (-30)
Full vaccination rate (age 12+): 60% (no change)
Total deaths: 91 (no change)
Weekly cases: 266 (-58)
Per 100,000: 127 (-28)
Full vaccination rate (age 12+): 57% (+1)
Total deaths: 328 (+12)
Weekly cases: 511,555 (-64,727)
Per 100,000: 154 (-20)
Full vaccination rate (age 12+): 67% (no change)
Total deaths: 730,368 (+10,140)