Though President Biden no longer expects the U.S. to reach his initial goal of 75% of Americans being at least partially vaccinated, he continues to be optimistic that numbers will improve. His visit to Raleigh marks an attempt to encourage higher turnout in the state. Across the nation, 65% of the adult population has received at least one dose of the vaccine. North Carolina lags that average; here, only 55% of the adult population has received at least one dose of vaccine.
The number of COVID-19 vaccinations administered in North Carolina each week has been on a fairly steady decline since April. Just 45% of the total population has received at least one shot. That's far off President Joe Biden's target of 70% by July 4.
North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services announced on Wednesday that it will now pay for residents to have at-home COVID-19 test kits mailed to them. The agency said in a statement that any adult can request a COVID-19 test kit be shipped to their home overnight and DHHS will cover the cost.
As the number of COVID cases declines and public health restrictions lift, independent live music venues in North Carolina and across the country are scheduling shows for on-site audiences for the first time in more than a year.