Coronavirus hospitalizations in North Carolina continue to decline, but patients need more care.
One in five patients is on a ventilator in hospital, the highest number on record since the state began tracking this information over a year ago.
Recently, the state added information showing how many patients are children. As of Friday, 1.5% of all hospitalizations related to COVID-19 were in children. Although not a high percentage, the number of children hospitalized continues to increase. In July, more than 2% of coronavirus hospitalizations were children.
Research shows that the elderly are still hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. People 65 and older account for nearly 80% of all coronavirus deaths across the country recorded since Wednesday.
The delta variant has skyrocketed the number of deaths among the elderly, according to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The study showed that nearly 80% of adults 65 and older are fully vaccinated, which is relatively low compared to states like Wisconsin, Maryland or Minnesota.
More than 16,600 North Carolina residents have died from the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic on Friday. That’s more than the people of Knightdale.
Despite the widespread availability of vaccines, the number of people who have died from the virus still tends to increase. From June to October, nearly 100,000 deaths from the coronavirus were recorded in the United States. The majority of Americans who die from the virus are not vaccinated.
There are indications that the worst of the delta variant is behind us. Nearly 5,000 cases of coronavirus were added in the state on Friday, a drop of nearly 40% from two weeks ago.