COVID-19 numbers finally fall

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For the first time all year, Person County’s new weekly COVID-19 cases have stopped their climb.

According to data from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Dashboard,  Person County’s weekly new cases were down from 644 to 380 this week.

In total, 8,576 cases have been reported in the county.

The county’s two-week positive test rate fell from 42.2 to 40.9 percent this week.

Two virus related deaths were reported this week, taking the county’s total to 98.

Weekly vaccinations were a mixed bag this week as second doses and booster shots were up, but less county residents received an initial dose.

Since last Thursday, 28 county residents were at least partially vaccinated and 55 residents completed their vaccine series.

In total, 23,094 county residents have been at least partially vaccinated and 21,827 residents fully vaccinated, representing 58 and 55 percent of the county.

This week, 168 county residents received a third dose or booster shot taking the county’s total to 10,450.

Local testing is available for free at 601 Ridge Road beside Person Memorial Hospital.

To schedule an appointment, visit lhi.care/covidtesting.

Call 877-562-4850 if you do not have internet or are registering for a minor.

Testing is available every day except Friday.

 

School cases down

For the first time since the schools’ winter break, Person County Schools reported decreased new student cases in its weekly report released last Friday.

According to last week’s report the school system saw 81 new student cases, down from 106, and six new staff cases, down from 19.

The district is reporting 209 students and staff across the system who are currently in isolation due to a positive test, exposure to a person who has tested positive, exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or who have been advised to isolate, down from the new high of 575 reported last week.

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