MONROE — As of Monday (Jan.10), the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) reports 135,636 Union County residents have been at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19. The 57% compares to 63% of the state’s total population who are at least partially vaccinated. In the county, 128,667 (54%) of the county is now fully vaccinated compared to 59% statewide.

According to NC DHHS data updated on Monday, the total of cumulative cases of COVID-19 in the county is at 45,888 and the number of active cases is 4,399. Cumulative figures account for all reported cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Cumulative cases indicate both those who have tested positive and those who have come out of an isolation period.

The Union County Government COVID-19 online dashboard reported 64 current hospitalizations. The county positivity rate was 27.8% on Monday. There have been 401 cumulative deaths in the county.

The state’s positivity rate, reported by NC DHHS on Monday, was 31.2%. 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 1,887,560 COVID-19 cases per NC DHHS, and 19,629 virus related deaths.

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