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MONROE — The COVID-19 virus rate of transmission in Union County is on the rise. The County’s positivity test percentage rose from 9% to 10% in the latest update dashboard by County Government, and the number of active cases jumped from 937 to 1,258.

Union County has had 39,230 confirmed cumulative cases of COVID-19 in a span of roughly 21 months, and there’s been 375 COVID deaths among County residents since the first was reported on April 9, 2020, according to UC Government.

On a positive note, the number of County residents hospitalized due to COVID-19 dropped from 42 to 23 in the latest report, which was released on Friday (Dec. 10).

According to unioncountync.gov, “Public Health strongly encourages anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 to get tested. If you have had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more cumulatively over a 24 hour period) with someone with confirmed COVID-19, you are also encouraged to be tested.”

There are more than 300 places to get tested in the state of N.C., according to the UC Government dashboard.

The positivity rate in Union County is higher than the statewide rate of 8.6%, per N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Positive tests of more than 5% indicate a need for more testing, according to Johns Hopkins University.

There were 34 COVID-related deaths confirmed over the weekend in North Carolina, bringing the cumulative total to 19,010, according to DHHS.

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