The Twin Counties continues to experience a decline in the number of new COVID-19 cases as it appears that the peak of the delta variant outbreak has passed.

Nash County Health Director Bill Hill said Tuesday that the peak in Nash County appears to have been about a month ago.

“The week of Sept. 14, we had 490 new cases,” he said during the county’s weekly COVID-19 task force virtual update. “The next week, we had 468 (cases) and then it dropped to 292 on Sept. 28.”

Hill noted there was a slight uptick — to 298 cases — last week before dropping to 215 new cases this week.

“The numbers are decreasing — but even better, a trend has developed,” he said.

Hill said that 97 percent to 98 percent of the new cases could be attributed to the delta variant.

“It is highly contagious,” he said.

The 215 new cases brought the number of cases in Nash County to 14,775.

Hill said two more deaths — both at Nash UNC Health Care — have been attributed to COVID-19. The death total in the county is now 222.

One was a white man in his mid-70s and the other was a Black man in his mid-40s.

Hill said 13 people were hospitalized — none fully vaccinated — at Nash UNC Health Care with three in the ICU and two on ventilators.

The decline in cases also continues in Edgecombe County.

A week ago, Edgecombe reported 174 new cases to take the total case count to 7,660 since March 2020.

On Wednesday, interim Health Director Michelle Etheridge released data that shows 7,771 total cases — an increase of 111 from last week.

Her report also included two deaths, which brings the county’s total to 128 deaths.

Four people were reported hospitalized at Vidant Edgecombe Hospital while the county has a fully vaccinated rate of 42 percent.