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MONROE — Union County had 32 residents in the hospital of COVID-19 as of Friday (Nov. 6), well below the record number 74 hospitalizations roughly a month ago (Oct. 4). The drop in hospitalizations is among the indicators that the highly-contagious virus is trending in the right direction.

The County had 1,635 active COVID cases on Oct. 4, and that number has since dropped to 659. Union County’s positivity rate on has dropped from 8.3% to 6.1% over the past month.

As of Friday (Nov. 6), Union County Government’s COVID-19 Dashboard reports 36,665 confirmed cases. Over the past 33 days, Union County’s confirmed 2,881 new cases — an average of 87 per day.

Union County’s had 346 cumulative COVID-19 deaths since the first was reported in April of 2020; the County’s had 44 confirmed COVID deaths since Oct. 4.

Roughly half of the County’s 250,000 residents have been vaccinated, according to Union County Government. Union County’s community transmission rating remains at “red,” which is the worst and indicates “a high level of community spread of COVID-19.”

North Carolina’s positivity rate has dropped to 4.0%, according to N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). As of noon on Nov. 5, DHHS reports 1,997 new cases, 1,114 current hospitalizations and 18,251 cumulative deaths.