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UNION COUNTY — More than 43% of the adult population in North Carolina has been fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, which is nearly double the percentage within Union County, according to a report from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. The percentage of the state’s adults (18 and older) who are fully vaccinated reached 43.6% as of May 10, and 50.4% have received at least one dose.

Within Union County, 22.8% of adults have been fully vaccinated, according to NC Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS).

According to NC DHHS data updated on Monday (May 10), the total of cumulative cases of COVID-19 in the county is at 24,233 — an increase of 61 since last Friday (May 7). This figure accounts 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 reports 574 active cases, down from 624 on Friday, and 21 current hospitalizations, which is two less than Friday. There have been a total of 217 virus related deaths throughout the county, with no new deaths reported since last Friday.

The county positivity rate, reported by NC DHHS, was 5.4% on Monday; the state’s positivity rate was reported at 4.4%.

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 980,498 COVID-19 cases per NC DHHS, and 12,780 virus related deaths.