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UNION COUNTY — While the number of individuals who have received the COVID-19 vaccine in Union County continues to increase, the county lags behind the state as a percentage of total population. As of Wednesday (Aug. 25), the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) reports 112,997 in the county have been partially vaccinated under all programs.

The 47% compares to 53% of the state’s total population who are at least partially vaccinated. In the county, 104,727 (44%) of the county is now fully vaccinated compared to 49% statewide.

According to NC DHHS data updated on Wednesday, the total of cumulative cases of COVID-19 in the county is at 28,792 and the number of active cases is 1,714. 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. The county's positivity rate was 14.6% on Wednesday. There have been 243 cumulative deaths in the county. The state’s positivity rate, reported by NC DHHS on Wednesday, was 13.5%.

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 1,172,571 COVID-19 cases per NC DHHS, and 14,168 virus related deaths.