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MONROE — Over the past nine days, nine COVID-related deaths among residents of Union County have been confirmed, according to data provided by Union County Government. There have now been 239 cumulative COVID deaths in the county since April 9, 2020.

As of Friday (Aug. 20), the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) reports 111,913 in the county have been partially vaccinated under all programs. The 47% compares to 53% of the state’s total population who are at least partially vaccinated. In a county of roughly 240,000, 103,536 residents are now fully vaccinated.

The Union County Government COVID-19 online dashboard reports 44 current hospitalizations. The county positivity rate was 13.2% on Friday. The state’s positivity rate, reported by NC DHHS on Friday was 11.9%.

According to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health, any positivity rate above 5% is classified as “too high” and indicates that “more testing should probably be done.”

Across the state, there have been a total of 1,144,894 COVID-19 cases per NC DHHS, and 14,021 virus related deaths.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers a coronavirus self-checker to help determine whether or not a resident should consider getting a test at: virus-self-checker.html