UNION COUNTY — There have been 5,441 cumulative cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout the county, as of Wednesday (Oct. 14), 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.

There were 36 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Union County on Wednesday, according to NC DHHS.

Another COVID death in the county was reported on Tuesday (Oct. 13), bringing the total to 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.

The United States Census Bureau estimates there are 239,859 people living in Union County as of July 1, 2019, which means roughly 2.27% of the population has tested positive for coronavirus; the death rate for the virus from within the county is at 1.12%.

Across the state, there have been 236,407 confirmed cases and 3,856 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.