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MONROE — The percentage of residents in Union County who have been vaccinated for COVID-19 continues to lag behind the state. As of Wednesday (June 16), the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) reports 96,245 in the county have been partially vaccinated under all programs. The 40% compares to 44% of the state’s total population who are at least partially vaccinated.

In the county, 89,179 (37%) of the county is now fully vaccinated compared to 41% statewide.

According to NC DHHS data updated on Wednesday, the total of cumulative cases of COVID-19 in the county is at 24,814 and the number of active cases is 109. 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.

There were 11 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in the County on Wednesday.

The Union County Government COVID-19 online dashboard reported six current hospitalizations. The county positivity rate was 2.2% on Wednesday. There have been 225 cumulative deaths in the county. The state’s positivity rate, reported by NC DHHS on Wednesday, was 2.3%.

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 1,009,531 COVID-19 cases per NC DHHS, and 13,316 virus-related deaths.