Union County -- There have been 17,746 cumulative cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout the county, as of Wednesday (Jan. 27) at 11:15 a.m., 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.

As of Wednesday, there have been 142 virus-related deaths in the county since April of 2020, according to NC DHHS. On Wednesday, the county’s positivity rate is at 14.2%, which is 3.1% higher than the state. There are 54 current hospitalizations, according to the county government.

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."

For context, the United States Census Bureau estimates there are 239,859 people living in Union County as of July 1, 2019.

Across the state, there are 733,010 total cases per NC DHHS, and 8,839 virus related deaths.