UNION COUNTY — As of April 6, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) reports just over 46,000 in the county have been partially vaccinated and nearly 37,000 are now fully vaccinated. This represents 19.2 and 15.3% of the entire population in Union County. Governor Roy Cooper announced on Tuesday Group 5, including all adults 16 and older, would be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine starting today.

According to NC DHHS data updated on Wednesday, a total of 42 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the county bringing the total of cumulative cases to 22,684 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.

Union County Government reports on Wednesday there are 795 active cases in the county and 15 who are hospitalized as a result. A total of 211 virus related deaths have been reported in the county.

The state’s positivity rate was reported by NC DHHS on Wednesday at 7.0% and the county’s rate at 6.5%. Both the state and county have increased half of a percentage point since last Wednesday (Mar. 31). 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. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health states: “When there is not enough testing in an area, people who are infected with coronavirus don’t get counted, and they don’t know to isolate themselves. As a result, these people can spread the coronavirus and cause disease in their communities.”

Across the state, there has been a total of 924,810 COVID-19 cases per NC DHHS, and 12,212 virus related deaths.