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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 Wednesday (June 9), the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) reports 95,178 in the county have been partially vaccinated under all programs. The 40% compares to 44% of the state’s total population who are at least partially vaccinated. In the county, 86,596, or 36%, of the county is now fully vaccinated compared to 40% statewide.

According to NC DHHS data updated on Wednesday June 9 the total of cumulative cases of COVID-19 in the county is at 24,746 and the number of active cases is 133. 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 eight current hospitalizations. The county positivity rate was 2.6% on Wednesday. There have been 225 cumulative deaths in the county. The state’s positivity rate, reported by NC DHHS on Wednesday, was 2.7%.

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 1,006,809 COVID-19 cases per NC DHHS, and 13,229 virus related deaths.