Health Department announces two pandemic highs in weekly report

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In Thursday's weekly COVID-19 update, the Person County Health Department announced the most new people released from home isolation and the most tests in a week.

Since the last update, the county has 69 new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases, taking the total to 750 since March.

Those new cases mark the second highest amount of new lab-confirmed positive tests, one week after the county set a new high for that metric.

Of the new cases, 60 individuals were showing symptoms of the disease.

There are currently 102 people being monitored at home and 91 people were released from home isolation in the past week, a new high.

There are currently five people hospitalized, the highest that number has been since Sept. 23.

There has been no change in the county's COVID-19 death toll, which stands at 11.

The county set another high with 1,047 tests were administered to county residents at testing sites both in and outside of Person County, taking the county's test total to 14,550 since March.

With those tests, the county's percent positive since March rose to 5.15 percent, the fifth consecutive week that percentage has risen. This week's numbers represent a 6.59 percent positive for the past week.

The demographic breakdown of cases is as follows compared to the last update.

Gender

• Female: 421 (+35)

• Male: 329 (+34)

Race

• Black or African American: 191 (+9)

• White: 359 (+48)

• Other: 88 (+9)

• Unknown: 112 (+3)

Ethnicity

• Hispanic: 78 (+9)

• Non-Hispanic: 672 (+60)

Age

• 0-17: 73 (+5)

• 18-24: 87 (+4)

• 25-49: 281 (+33)

• 50-64: 175 (+18)

• 65+: 134 (+9)

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