Virus Death Total Now 31 – Transylvania County, NC


Last updated 4/14/2021 at 4:29pm

On Tuesday, Transylvania Public Health announced three more county residents have died because of COVID-19 and that it will pause its use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The three deaths mean 31 Transylvania County residents have now died because of the virus. Public Health was intending to use the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for its in-office appointments this week but is pausing following recommendations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) until more is known.

As of April 12, more than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been administered in the U.S., according to the FDA, which, along with the CDC, is reviewing data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the vaccine. In these cases, a type of blood clot called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis was seen in combination with low levels of blood platelets.

All six cases occurred among women between the ages of 18 and 48, and symptoms occurred six to 13 days after vaccination, according to the FDA.

Transylvania Public Health has given a total of 16,024 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, including 10,323 doses of the Moderna vaccine, 2,435 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 3,261 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, according to Tara Rybka, the department’s health educator.

Public Health will continue offering second dose Moderna vaccines this Friday as planned, and appointments for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week will be rescheduled, Rybka said.

The “pause,” she said, is a sign the system is working to identify small numbers of potential issues, so they can be investigated. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices met Wednesday to review cases and assess the significance.

As of Wednesday, 10,816 county residents (31.5 percent) have been partially vaccinated and 13,782 county residents (31.4 percent) have been fully vaccinated.

This information comes from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Dashboard, which does not include people vaccinated out of state but does include all providers in all counties in N.C., including those vaccinated in long-term care facilities and through federal pharmacy partnerships.

As of Wednesday, Transylvania Public Health reported 16 additional cases of COVID-19, for a total of 2,141 cases.

As of Wednesday, 80 county residents were in isolation for COVID-19 (within 10 days of symptom onset or 10 days of a positive test) and 60 cases had been reported within the past seven days. Multiple cases of COVID-19 have been identified at Brevard College, including a cluster of at least 15 cases associated with an on-campus gathering and additional spread into several athletic teams.

A total of 12 cases have been identified in the cluster associated with a sports team at Brevard Academy.

This cluster will remain open until no new cases have been identified for 28 days.


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