MONROE — The seven-day average for new COVID-19 cases in Union County dipped into single digits for much of March and April, but newly-reported cases of the pandemic have been ticking up in the month of May.

COVID-19 in the county was averaging 29 new cases over a 7-day average as of May 1, and that average has climbed to 72 new cases per day as of May 19, according to a New York Times report that cites data from local and state health departments.

Union County’s had at least 63,199 cases of COVID-19 since the first case was confirmed in February of 2020, according to the latest report from Union County Government’s online dashboard, and there have been 490 confirmed COVID-19 deaths within the County over the past 25 months.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 135,271 residents of Union County (out of roughly 250,000) have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

Across the state, 23,027 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed over the past week, up from 17,488 the previous week, according to N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS); hospitalizations within N.C. are also up, with 524 hospitalizations over the past week compared to 431 the week before.

Union County reports low transmission of the virus. Out of 100 counties in N.C., 98 are reporting low transmission of COVID-19 and two are classified as medium transmission, per NCDHHS.

According to a NCDHHS report on Twitter Friday, May 20: “Kids across N.C. are eligible for a “BOOST” … Kids 5-11 who received a second shot of their Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines 5+ months ago can get a booster to strengthen their protection.” To learn more go online to

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