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MONROE — On average, one Union County resident per day has died from the COVID-19 virus since the beginning of August.

After a dubious County record was established with 30 COVID deaths confirmed in the month of August, there have already been 17 confirmed deaths in September, according to data compiled by N.C. Department of Health and Human Services..

Since the pandemic started taking the lives of Union County residents in April of 2020, 275 citizens — among a population of about 241,000 — have died from the highly-contagious virus.

There have been 32,905 cumulative cases of COVID-19 within Union County, according to DHHS, with an average of 72 new cases per day over the past two weeks.

Union County’s two largest municipalities — the City of Monroe (population just over 35,000 according to U.S. Census) and the Town of Indian Trail (nearly 40,000) — combine to make up about 30% of the County’s population, but they have combined for 72% of the COVID deaths, according to DHHS.

Health and Human Services has confirmed 8,422 COVID cases and 87 deaths in the 28110 zip code, which is primarily Monroe but includes part of Indian Trail, and another 4,387 cases with 57 deaths in Monroe’s 28112 zip code.

The 28079 zip code (Indian Trail) has had 5,406 confirmed cases and 54 deaths.

In the 28173 zip code (Waxhaw), which has roughly 15,000 residents, there have been 7,620 COVID cases and 35 deaths confirmed. The Town of Marshville has about 2,700 residents and the community has suffered 30 deaths.

According to the latest information available on the Union County COVID-19 Dashboard, there are 2,311 active COVID cases and 42 of them are hospitalized. The positivity rate in Union County was at 16.5%. To contain the spread of the pandemic within a community, the positivity rate needs to be below 5%, reports Johns Hopkins University.

The positivity rate across the state of N.C. was at 9.7% as of Friday (Sept. 17), per DHHS. There are currently 3,573 N.C. residents hospitalized due to COVID-19 and there have been 15,615 COVID deaths confirmed in the state over the past 18 months.