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 Friday (Oct. 22), the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) reports 125,964 in the county have been partially vaccinated under all programs. The 53% compares to 59% of the state’s total population who are at least partially vaccinated. In the county, 119,603 of the county is now fully vaccinated.

According to NC DHHS data updated on Friday, the total of cumulative cases of COVID-19 in the county is at 36,006 and the number of active cases is 1,115. 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 33 current hospitalizations. The county positivity rate was 8.3% on Friday. There have been 334 cumulative deaths in the county. The state’s positivity rate, reported by NC DHHS on Friday, was 4.5%.

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 1,463,410 COVID-19 cases per NC DHHS, and 17,713 virus related deaths.