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Record numbers again

Polk adds another 99 COVID cases last week

POLK COUNTY—Polk County added the most COVID-19 cases last week it has had since the pandemic. 

The county added another 99 cases, topping the week prior’s record of 92 new cases, according to the Polk County Department of Health and Human Services. 

Polk County has now had 1,980 positive cases of the virus and last week’s percent positive was 14.2 percent. 

Polk County has had 36 deaths from the virus and 83 people have been hospitalized, according to last Friday’s data. There were 3 new people hospitalized last week. 

Of the county’s population, 41 percent have now been fully vaccinated. There have been 9,042 Polk County residents who have received at least one vaccine and 8,437 residents who are fully vaccinated, according to the DHHS. 

Polk County’s positive cases overall have been mostly in people age 25-49 years old, followed by people 50-64 years old, people 65-74 years old, people 75 and above, people 0-17 and people 18-24 years old. 

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

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. 

Local pharmacies are also now giving vaccines.