MONROE — Residents of Union County are dying from COVID-19 at a faster pace than ever recently, with 8 deaths reported already this week since Monday (Aug. 30), according to government officials. There have now been 255 cumulative COVID deaths confirmed in the County since the first one was reported on April 9, 2020.

As of Wednesday (Sept. 1), the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) reports 115,371 in the county have been partially vaccinated under all programs. The 48% compares to 54% of the state’s total population who are at least partially vaccinated. In the county, 107,033 (45%) of the county is now fully vaccinated compared to 50% statewide.

According to NC DHHS data updated on Wednesday, the total of cumulative cases of COVID-19 in the county is at 29,879 and the number of active cases is 1,859. 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 reports 59 current hospitalizations. The county’s positivity rate was 16.3% on Wednesday. The state’s positivity rate, reported by NC DHHS on Wednesday, was 13.8%.

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.” In early July of 2021, Union County’s positivity rate dropped down to 1.8%.

Across the state, there have been a total of 1,220,902 COVID-19 cases per NC DHHS, and 14,485 virus related deaths.