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MONROE — More than 1,600 Union County residents caught the COVID-19 virus in the last week of 2021, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Union County averaged 238 new cases per day from Dec. 24-30, per the report.

Last week, Union County’s positivity rate — the percentage of tests that are positive for COVID-19 — was at 10%, but it has since jumped up to 14.7%, according to UC Government.

North Carolina’s positivity rate is up to 22.9%, per N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

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.”

Union County’s now had at least 390 residents die from COVID-19, according to the Union County COVID-19 Dashboard. There have been 41,687 cumulative cases of COVID-19 since March of 2020, which is more than 16% of the population in a County of just over 250,000.

Union County Government reports 43 residents currently hospitalized due to COVID, up from 39 last week.

The number of active COVID cases in Union County is at 1,592, up from 1,213 last week.

UC Government reports 53% of the County’s residents are fully vaccinated; by comparison, more than 62% of the nation’s population has been fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

As of Dec. 31, 2021, 19.426 North Carolinians have died from COVID-19 in the past 21 months, according to DHHS.

The CDC Data tracker reports 486,428 new COVID-19 cases and 1,539 deaths confirmed from Dec. 28 until Dec. 29, and a 7-day moving average of 316,277 new cases from Dec. 23-29.

As of Jan. 3 at 9 a.m., per the CDC, 205,811,394 Americans have been fully vaccinated and 68,810,709 (33.4%) have received a booster shot.

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