COVID-19 in NC: DHHS adds another 1,600 breakthrough cases


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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Another 1,600 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 have been reported to state public health officials.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services on Friday updated one of its key weekly reports to add the 1,605 post-vaccination cases through Aug. 28 for a total of 39,480 since Jan. 1.

While DHHS added those cases, it kept its count of the number of fully vaccinated people the same at 4.8 million.

The end results were slightly lower likelihoods of catching COVID and dying from it among those who are unvaccinated.

DHHS says unvaccinated people now are slightly under four times more likely to catch COVID and 13.5 times more likely to die from it than vaccinated people are.

Those ratios last week were 4.1 times and 15 times, respectively.

DHHS spokeswoman Catie Armstrong says the agency is changing when it collects the numbers used in that section of the report to allow more time to match and analyze the data.

For example, the report to be released Sept. 16 will reflect the breakthrough cases reported through Sept. 4. Previous editions of the report included numbers through the previous Saturday.

CBS 17’s Joedy McCreary has been tracking COVID-19 figures since March 2020, compiling data from federal, state and local sources to deliver a clear snapshot of what the coronavirus situation looks like now and what it could look like in the future.

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