Local COVID-19 spread worsening

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This week’s spread of COVID-19 is Person County’s worst since February with 99 new cases being reported on the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Dashboard since last Thursday.

The new cases take the county’s total to 3,784.

Three COVID-19-related deaths have been reported since last week, taking the county’s total to 76.

The county’s 14-day percentage of positive tests rose as high as 9.1 percent Tuesday, but fell to 8.4 percent Wednesday.

Last Wednesday, the county’s 14-day positive test rate was 6.5 percent.

In the past week, 240 county residents received at least their first vaccine dose, passing last week’s mark of 227, and 106 residents completed their vaccine series.

In total, 18,423 county residents have received at least their first dose, 47 percent of the county’s population, and 17,141 residents are fully vaccinated, representing 43 percent of the county.

As of Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classified Person County with high spread using data between Aug. 3-9.

The CDC recommends masking in areas with high or substantial spread.

The most recent demographic data shows new cases are in the county’s younger population.

For the week of Aug. 1, the most recent data available, ages 25 through 49 had the highest amount of new cases with 18, followed by ages 18 through 24 with 11 new cases.

The new case age demographics for the week of Aug. 1 are listed below.

• 2-4: 3

• 5-9: 5

• 10-14: 3

• 15-17: 4

• 18-24: 11

• 25-49: 18

• 50-64: 9

• 65-74: 7

• 75+: 3

Statewide COVID-19 hospitalizations hit all-time high

In a Tuesday release, the NCDHHS announced that the state had experienced the largest single day jump in hospital ICU admissions since the beginning of the pandemic and weekly COVID-19 hospitalizations among people ages 20-49 are at an all-time high.

ICU admissions related to COVID-19 jumped to 557 Monday from 502 the day prior.

From Aug. 3-9, there were 547 people ages 20-49 admitted to the hospital due to COVID-19.

Overall, 2,179 people were hospitalized due to COVID-19, with 272 people admitted in the past 24 hours, according to data reported to the NCDHHS

“These high-levels of COVID-related admissions jeopardize the ability of our hospitals to provide needed care in our communities,” said Kody H. Kinsley, Chief Deputy Secretary for Health at NCDHHS in Tuesday’s release. “The vast majority of our COVID-19 hospitalizations are in unvaccinated people. This underscores the need for everyone to be vaccinated against the virus and use preventative measures to slow the spread of COVID-19.”.

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