by Jon Sanders
Research Editor and Senior Fellow, Regulatory Studies, John Locke Foundation
Image source: Screenshot of June 27, 2021, WTVD news story, “‘I’m gutted for everyone involved’: NC State fans, players react to baseball team forced forfeit.” For more details, read Carolina Journal, “COVID madness and questionable NCAA protocols end N.C. State’s chance at the national title.”
Here is the NC Threat-Free Index for the week ending June 28. Readers be advised: these numbers reflect what Gov. Roy Cooper desperately refers to as a “State of Emergency” necessitating him and only a few other governors nationwide to order small children to remain muzzled and breathing through pathogen-filled cloth:
For June 21, the estimate is now 71.0% of adult North Carolinians with immunity (vaccine-induced immunity and natural immunity), using CDC estimates of actual infections and DHHS estimates of current vaccinations and the formula outlined here.
As a reminder, it is widely accepted that herd immunity from Covid-19 is with 70% of people immune. Furthermore, the ongoing, rapid decline in virus numbers in North Carolina (new cases are down 75% just since May 14, when Cooper lifted nearly all restrictions) is also indicative that North Carolina is either at or very near herd immunity.
In keeping with the trend discussed here under the title “DHHS still reports deaths from 2020 as ‘new’ Covid deaths,” of the 52 total “new” deaths announced in the past week, six (11.5%) were from 2020 and 16 (30.8%) were from January through March.
Just over half (30, or 57.7%) occurred in the past three months, April–June.