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MONROE — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) reports 121,281 residents in Union County have been partially vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus under all programs, as of Sept. 24. The 51% compares to 57% of the state’s total population who are at least partially vaccinated.

In the county, 113,998 (48%) are now fully vaccinated compared to 53% statewide.

According to NC DHHS data updated on Monday (Sept. 27), the total of cumulative cases of COVID-19 in the county is at 34,124 and the number of active cases is 2,344. 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 62 current hospitalizations, up from 50 last week. The county’s positivity rate was 13.9% on Monday. There have been 286 cumulative deaths in the county. The state’s positivity rate, reported by NC DHHS on Monday, was 9%.

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 1,382,231 COVID-19 cases per NC DHHS, and 16,126 virus related deaths.