Although there is not a specific DHHS tracking of COVID-19 case and death totals for health-care providers, there has been with long-term care facilities.
As of 4 p.m. Friday, there have been 18,535 COVID-19 cases and 1,990 virus-related deaths involving long-term care facilities, which represent 7.6% of cases statewide, but 50.5% of deaths.
DHHS said the next priority will be for individuals at high health risk for COVID and at high risk for exposure, including residents in long-term care facilities, those over age 65, staff of congregate living settings (migrant farm camps, jails and prisons, and homeless shelters) and anyone with two or more chronic conditions identified by the CDC to be high risk for COVID complications.
Historically marginalized populations and teachers also are represented in this prioritization groups.
Remaining phases will includes lower-risk populations, and have more of a focus on decreasing transmission through the population.
North Carolina’s prioritization was developed based on the National Academy of Medicine framework and in consultation with an external COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory committee convened by the N.C. Institute of Medicine.
A co-chair of the vaccine advisory committee is Dr. Goldie Byrd, director of the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity at Wake Forest University.