UNION COUNTY — Union County's had 112,584 residents at least partially vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus as of last Friday (Aug. 20), according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS). The roughly 47% compares to 53% of the state’s total population who are at least partially vaccinated. In the county, 104,288 of the county (out of roughly 240,000) is now fully vaccinated.
The vaccine is available to everyone age 12 and up.
According to NC DHHS data updated on Monday (Aug. 23), the total of cumulative cases of COVID-19 in the county is at 28,457 and the number of active cases is 1,714 -- up from 1,450 last week. 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 27 current hospitalizations, down from 44 last week. The County's positivity rate has climbed up to 14.6% as of Monday, up from 13.2% last week. There have been 240 cumulative deaths in the county, including one new confirmed death over the weekend. The state’s positivity rate, reported by NC DHHS on Monday, was 13.1% on Monday.
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 1,161,818 COVID-19 cases per NC DHHS, and 14,072 virus related deaths.