ARCNWS-06-03-21 COVID

The number of counties with low community spread of COVID-19 has climbed to five, the first time there has been more than one since the height of the pandemic.

TRIAD — The alert system that the state created last fall to show how different parts of the state were faring against COVID-19 shows significant overall improvement in its most recent update.

The number of counties with low community spread of the virus, showing as green on the state map, has climbed to five, the first time there has been more than one, and 45 have only moderate community spread, light yellow on the map, according to last week’s update of the COVID-19 County Alert System report. That’s half of the state’s 100 counties.

“North Carolina’s key metrics continue to show decreasing COVID-19 spread,” the report said. “People getting vaccinated as quickly as possible is critically important to continue to slow the spread of the virus.”

A total of 41 counties have moved to an improved category of viral spread compared to two weeks ago, including Davidson, Forsyth and Randolph counties. Forsyth improved from significant community spread to moderate spread, and Davidson and Randolph both moved from substantial spread, colored orange, to significant spread.

Guilford County remained unchanged in the significant spread category.

The number of counties with substantial spread dropped from 19 two weeks ago to just nine now.

Just four counties in the state were in worse shape in last week’s update than they were two weeks ago.

The County Alert System is updated every two weeks. It was introduced last fall, as the virus was spreading rapidly, as a tool to help understand how each county was faring and what actions are needed to slow the spread of the virus.

A total of 55 counties remained in the same category as they were two weeks ago.

As was the case two weeks ago, no counties are experiencing critical levels of community spread of the virus.

— Staff report