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COVID-19 update

Polk picks up 5 new cases in last couple of weeks

POLK COUNTY—Polk County’s COVID-19 cases continue to be low with the county only adding another 5 cases in the last couple of weeks. 

The Polk County Division of Public Health released its weekly update on Friday. The Friday prior the county did not release an update because of the holiday.

Polk County now has had a total of 1,538 total cases of the virus since March 2020, which is up from 1,533 cases a couple of weeks ago. 

The county has completed a total of 21,944 tests since last year.  

The percent positive last week was zero percent, according to the county’s data. 

Vaccinations in the county have also slowed, with Polk administering 17,873 total vaccines, which is up from 17,836 vaccines 2 weeks ago. Of the vaccines administered, 8,650 of those people have been fully vaccinated. 

The percent of people fully vaccinated is 38 percent. 

Not all of the vaccines administered in the county are Polk County residents. 

Vaccines are free for anyone and are now being administered to everyone age 12 and older in North Carolina. 

Polk County remains at 31 deaths and 69 hospitalizations from the virus. 

Most of the county’s cases have been in females at 54.95 percent, compared to males at 44.05 percent, according to the county’s latest data. 

Most cases have continued to be in people age 25-49, followed by people age 50-64; people age 75 and above; people age 65-74; people age 0-17 and people age 18-24, according to the latest report. 

Polk County has discontinued its survey to get a vaccine. The county has been taking appointments for vaccines at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring and has been doing no appointment necessary vaccines randomly throughout the county. 

Local pharmacies are also now giving vaccines. 

To schedule an appointment with the county people can call the Polk County COVID message line at 828-722-5086. More information is also available on a special COVID-19 tab located at polknc.org.