UNION COUNTY — There have been 5,526 cumulative cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout the county, as of Friday (Oct. 16), according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) COVID-19 Dashboard. Cumulative cases indicate both those who have tested positive and those who have come out of an isolation period.

Thirty-nine new COVID cases were reported in Union County on Friday, according to NC DHHS.

There have been 61 virus-related deaths in the county, according to NC DHHS. Union County Government reported the first virus-related death just over seven months ago, on April 9.

Union County Government reports 3,671 residents who have tested positive for the virus are no longer being monitored, and nine citizens were hospitalized with the disease as of Wednesday (Oct. 14). There is currently no cure nor vaccine for coronavirus.

The United States Census Bureau estimates there are 239,859 people living in Union County as of July 1, 2019, which means roughly 2.30% of the County’s population has tested positive for coronavirus; the death rate for the virus from within the County is at 1.10%.

Across the state, there have been 238,939 confirmed cases and 3,874 virus-related deaths in 2020, according to data from Johns Hopkins University and Medicine’s Dashboard. The state suffered 40 virus-related deaths on Wednesday.

Union County Government offers a local coronavirus hotline (704) 292-2550, which is available Monday — Friday from 8:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.