New cases break record for second straight week

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For the second-straight week, Person County’s new COVID-19 cases have set weekly highs.

In the past week, 433 new cases have been reported in the county, up from the previous high of 293 set last week.

In total, 6,674 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Person County.

With 122 new cases reported, last Wednesday became the county’s highest on record and 102 cases reported last Thursday became the county’s second highest on record.

The county’s two week positive test rose to 31.2 percent, another new high.

No new deaths were reported this week, keeping the total at 95.

In the past week 70 county residents were at least partially vaccinated and 57 residents completed their vaccine series, both down from the previous week.

However, last week’s second-dose vaccinations pushed the county up a percent to 55 percent fully vaccinated.

In total 22,864 county residents have been at least partially vaccinated and 21,586 residents fully vaccinated, representing 58 and 55 percent of the county.

Person County remains classified with high spread by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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 Fridays.

 

New case highs reported in county schools

In its weekly release last Friday, the first after winter break, Person County Schools announced 83 new student positive cases and 25 staff case, both new highs.

The new cases take the student total to 399 and the staff cases nearly double to 51 since the beginning of the school year.

The district is reporting 241 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. The high for total students and staff in isolation was 515 reported Sept. 19.

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