This week's COVID update is not a pretty sight, said County Medical Director Mark Jaben. North Carolina cases are on the uptick, and deaths continue to climb. WNC cases now beyond high levels of last week. There were 363 new cases for the week, and number of children infected is going up. Some places like Idaho are having to make the hard decisions about rationing healthcare. With festival season upon us, we are likely to go even higher. In a group of 100, almost a 100% certainty someone will be infected.