New cases on slight decline, rash of COVID-19 deaths reported

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Person County’s new cases showed a slight decline this week, but a rash of virus-related deaths were reported to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Dashboard this week.

In total, 119 new cases reported takes the county’s total to 4,847 and seven newly-reported deaths takes the county’s total to 85.

The county’s two-week positive test rate fell from 12.3 to 9.8 percent this week.

Another 181 county residents received at least their first vaccine dose and 207 residents completed the vaccine series.

In total, 20,636 residents have been at least partially vaccinated and 19,261 residents are fully vaccinated, representing 52 and 49 percent of the county.

In Person County Schools’ most recent update last Friday, the district reported 55 new student positive cases and two new staff cases.

In total, 216 student and eight staff COVID-19 cases have been reported since the start of the school year.

The district is reporting 404 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 515 reported the previous week.

NCDHHS makes Pfizer booster shots available

In a Friday release, NCDHHS announced that booster shots for the Pfizer vaccine are now available for North Carolinians at high risk for serious illness or exposure.

The booster shot is available for people 65 years or older, 18 years or older with underlying medical conditions or work in a high-risk setting like healthcare workers, teachers and childcare providers or food workers.

To receive the booster, the person must have been fully vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine, now marketed as COMINARTY, for six months.

The announcement comes the same day as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the booster shot for the previously-listed eligible groups.

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