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The state of North Carolina is showing progress in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The number of newly-reported COVID-19 cases in N.C. is down more than 17% over the past week, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), dropping from 2,610 new cases reported on Oct. 20, to 2,160 new cases reported on Oct. 27.

A week ago, there were 1,811 North Carolinians in the hospital due to COVID-19, and that number has dropped to 1,406 as of Wednesday (Oct. 27).

Across the state, 295 people died from COVID-19 over the past week, per DHHS, bringing the cumulative total 17,935.

The positivity rate — which is the percentage of positive COVID tests — was 6.5% on Oct. 20 and has dipped to 5.3% as of Oct. 27. 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.”

Union County’s positivity rate is at 6.8% as of Oct. 27 at 1 p.m., according to the County’s COVID-19 Dashboard. Union County Government’s Dashboard reports 36,270 cumulative cases in the County, which means at least 15% of UC’s residents have caught the highly-contagious virus.

The Dashboard reports 24 current hospitalizations in the County, 843 active cases and 335 cumulative deaths from COVID-19.

Union County’s community transmission status is “red,” per the Dashboard, which is defined as “a high level of community spread of COVID-19.”