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MONROE — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) reports 120,958 residents of Union County have been at least partially vaccinated under all programs as of Sept. 24. The roughly 50% compares to 57% of the state’s total population who are at least partially vaccinated.

According to NC DHHS data updated on Friday (Sept. 24), the total of cumulative cases of COVID-19 in the county has reached 33,802 and the number of active cases is 2,686. 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 reports 50 current COVID-related hospitalizations. The county’s positivity rate was 15.9% on Friday. There have been 282 cumulative deaths in the county since the first was reported on April 9, 2020. The state’s positivity rate, reported by NC DHHS on Friday, was down to 8.6%.

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 1,368,743 COVID-19 cases per NC DHHS, and 15,964 virus related deaths.