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MONROE — The number of COVID-19 cases has been climbing recently across the nation and throughout the state, and Union County is no exception. According to Union County Government’s COVID-19 dashboard, the County Alert System remains at “yellow,” which means Union County is “experiencing significant community spread of COVID-19.”

Roughly a month ago, Union County’s positivity rate for COVID-19 tests was down to 1.8%, but it is now up to 5.6%, according to UC Government.

Like the positivity rate, the number of active cases has basically tripled over the past month. It was down to 89, but is now at 254. The number of current virus-related hospitalizations in Union County is 12, which is twice as many as three weeks ago.

Cumulatively, Union County has now confirmed 25,412 COVID-19 cases since March of 2020. Nearly 10.6% of the County’s 240,000-plus residents have been diagnosed with the virus. After going more than a month without a confirmed virus-related deaths, Union County’s had two deaths this month, bringing the total to 228 COVID-19 deaths since April of 2020.

Union County’s had 40% of its residents fully vaccinated against the virus, according to UC Government.

In North Carolina, there are currently 817 hospitalized with COVID-19, well above the 373 that were reportedly hospitalized on July 3, according to NC Department of Health and Human Services.

The state’s positivity rate as of July 23 at 11:45 a.m. is at 6.7%, and the total number of COVID-related deaths is 13,570; nearly 0.13% of the state’s population has died from the virus over the past 16 months.

NOTE: This story has been edited to correct a statistical error.