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MONROE — Roughly 15% of Union County residents have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus since the first case was reported on March 18, 2020; there have been 37,332 confirmed COVID cases in Union County as of Wednesday (Nov. 17) afternoon, according to Union County Government’s COVID-19 Dashboard.

Based on an estimated population of 250,000 County residents, about 14.93% of the County has tested positive for COVID over the past 20 months.

There are 30 County residents in the hospital with COVID symptoms, per UC Government, down from 32 last week. There have been 1,275 cumulative hospitalizations in the County.

There have been 357 cumulative COVID deaths among County residents since the first was confirmed on April 9, 2020. Union County Government reports 626 active cases in Union County and a positivity rate of 5.9%. The state’s positivity rate is at 6.1% as of Wednesday at noon, and the number of COVID hospitalizations in N.C. is at 1,049, according to N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. There have been 18,514 cumulative COVID deaths in North Carolina.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently authorized a lower dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for ages 5 to 11, per NCDHHS. To find a place to get vaccinated locally, go to

COVID-19 vaccine boosters are also available for some residents. To learn more about vaccine boosters, go to