RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – Every North Carolina county in the CBS 17 viewing area is in the CDC’s green zone with the lowest community levels of COVID-19.
Only two of the state’s 100 counties — Alleghany and Yadkin — were orange with the highest levels of COVID, according to data updated Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The number of orange counties has dropped drastically in recent weeks, from 26 a month ago to nine last week. The CDC advises residents of these counties to wear masks indoors in public places, regardless of their vaccination status.
The overwhelming majority of counties — 86 in total — were colored green with the lowest level of COVID in the community. This includes anyone in central North Carolina.
A dozen counties were yellow with average levels of COVID spread. Most were on the coastal plain or in the western mountains.
CBS 17 Joedy McCreary has been tracking COVID-19 numbers since March 2020, compiling data from federal, state and local sources to provide a clear snapshot of what the current coronavirus situation looks like and what it could look like in the future .