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Polk adds 22 cases

One new death reported this week

POLK COUNTY—Polk County added at least 22 new cases of COVID-19 this week and 1 new death.

The new case count brings the county’s total cases to 177. As of Friday, July 31 the county had 146 cases. Polk County health officials sent notice that it added another 22 cases this week and one more death on Thursday.

The first 4 deaths were in the Saluda zip code and the 5th death was in the Tryon zip code, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. It was unknown as of Friday where the 6th death resided in the county. The NCDHHS website was not updated with the latest cases and additional death in Polk County as of Friday afternoon.

Polk County report on Friday said the county has completed a total of 3,549 tests, with 3,288 negative tests, 177 positive tests and 127 people presumed recovered. As of Friday, there were 20 tests still pending.

Also as of Friday, there were 12 people hospitalized from the virus.

Most of the positive cases in Polk County have been female, at 60.45 percent, compared to male at 39.55 percent, according to the county’s data.

As of Friday afternoon, North Carolina had 132,812 lab-confirmed cases and had completed a total of 1,939,812 tests.

Buncombe County had 1,815 cases and 47 deaths; Henderson County had 1,459 cases and 53 deaths; Rutherford County had 707 cases and 13 deaths and Transylvania County had 132 cases and 1 death, according to the NCDHHS.

See the chart below for more information on Polk County’s COVID-19 data.