Cooper discusses sobering COVID numbers in NC

By on September 12, 2021

About 3,800 patients hospitalized with virus.

Gov. Roy Cooper

Assessing the trajectory of COVID-19 in the state at a Sept. 9 press briefing, Governor Roy Cooper stated simply, “The numbers aren’t good.”

With roughly 6,000 new cases now being reported daily in the state, North Carolina Secretary of Health and Human Services Mandy Cohen said at the briefing that, “This summer, we have experienced the fastest rise [in cases] since the pandemic started.”

She called the rising number of COVID hospitalizations in the state, “one of our most worrisome metrics,” with about 3,800 patients hospitalized and more than 900 of them requiring an ICU bed. She described the current state of North Carolina’s hospitals as “strained,” but “not overwhelmed.”

In addition, Cohen said the percentage of positive COVID tests results in the state has registered at more than 10% since August, noting that those numbers are elevated, but “levelling.”

A good deal of the press briefing was focused on protecting the state’s students from COVID, with Cooper reporting that 96% of them are currently in school districts that have adopted a universal mask mandate. That is an increase from the 64% of students who were in universal masking districts a few weeks earlier.

That trend is indicative of what happened in Currituck County on Aug. 27 and in Dare County on Sept. 1, when boards of education in both counties voted to reverse their previous decisions to make mask wearing optional and instead switched to universal masking — something Cooper had urged in a letter sent to school boards in mid-August.

Turning to vaccinations and young people, Cohen said that while 59% of the state’s residents over 12 years of age has been fully vaccinated, that number drops to 40% of those between the ages of 18-24 and to 35% of those between 12 and 17. Currently, anyone over 12 years of age can be vaccinated against COVID-19.

“There is a lot of virus circulating in our state and that virus is mostly going [to affect] those who are unvaccinated,” she added.

And in a remark clearly directed at those declining to get vaccinated, Cooper offered this suggestion: “How about get off social media and get on the phone with your doctor?”






  • Joan mcminn

    Best advice he has ever given

    Monday, Sep 13 @ 9:24 am
  • Rob

    While we are mandated to wear the equivalent of a table napkin on our faces, it’s OK to invite over 4 million visitors for meals and shopping fun. Never mind that rentals are not cleaned to infection control standards.

    Monday, Sep 13 @ 11:56 am
  • Lee Holt

    The Governor says that it’s going to mostly effect those who are unvaccinated, if that is the true then why do we have more cases of Covid-19 now than we did a year ago when no one was vaccinated? Per the State’s figures we sit at 51% vaccinated with two shots and 56% with a min of one shot. Either the vaccine doesn’t work or something being said is only a partial truth.

    Monday, Sep 13 @ 1:06 pm
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    Lee, yes we have many more cases of COVID now than we did at this time a year ago — much of that is attributable to the Delta variant of COVID-19, which has proved to be many more times contagious than previous variants and is largely attacking the many millions of unvaccinated people in this country. The large majority of current infections, and of hospitalizations and deaths — are among the unvaccinated.

    Monday, Sep 13 @ 3:44 pm
  • Paul

    Just to day I read that “ The seven-day average of new U.S. Covid cases has fallen 27% from the recent Sept. 2 peak, and Global coronavirus infections have declined significantly from late August.”
    But, Dems keep pushing the fear porn….

    Monday, Sep 13 @ 3:17 pm
  • Breynn

    Nothing is being cleaned anymore and there is trash everywhere. Sad

    Monday, Sep 13 @ 3:42 pm
  • Breynn

    Awe. Isn’t the Governer cute? He thinks that the population has doctors. 🤦🏼‍♀️ The kind that you can just pick up the phone and call. The “Non-Fast Food” kind where they can spend more than 10 minutes with you. He is a Democrat? Yes? He should clearly understand the overall lack of health care. The whole reason why Services are provided. I am astounded. Please hold whilst I get my doctor on the phone. Oh! Yes! I do not have one. No one is taking new patients. I continue to be fed advice. Medical at that, by leadership that does not know it’s people or their circumstances. I don’t know why I am shocked.

    Monday, Sep 13 @ 6:58 pm
  • Bob

    Tuesday, Sep 14 @ 12:50 pm