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51 new COVID cases reported in Richmond County

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ROCKINGHAM — For the second time this month, the Richmond County Health Department has reported more than 50 new COVID-19 cases in a single day.


Thursday’s local update showed 51 new cases, tying Dec. 3 for the most in one day. There were 81 cases reported Monday, which included cases from the weekend.

The number of active cases has jumped to 355, with 18 of those listed as being in a hospital.

The Health Department has reported 339 new cases in the first 10 days of this month and 2,189 since the first case was announced in April. Richmond was one of the last 10 counties to report its first case.

As a comparison, there were 403 cases for the month of November and 401 in October.

The county has also recorded 19,655 negative test results since March.

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported 5,556 new cases statewide. While that number is lower than the previous day, it still marks the ninth consecutive day of more than 4,000 daily cases and the sixth time this month cases have topped 5,000.

However, the state did set yet another record-breaking number of hospitalizations with 2,444.

FirstHealth reports that 63 of its 394 patients (16%) are COVID-positive.

The Health Department is offering free COVID testing in the lot behind the building until Dec. 31. Testing will run from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday — except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

There will also be free testing at the following locations:

  • Cole Auditorium parking lot - 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 7-11
  • Ellerbe Middle School parking lot - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 14-18

Each site is closed for lunch from noon-12:30 p.m.

Register for testing by visiting www.lhi.care and following the directions at the top or by calling 877-562-4850.

BY THE NUMBERS

The number of local cases per age group are as follows (includes recoveries):

  • 0-18 - 321 (+5)
  • 19-30 - 353 (+0) 
  • 31-40 - 298 (+9)
  • 41-50 - 392 (+20) 
  • 51-64 - 451 (+2)
  • 65-older - 373 (+7) 

( + indicates the increase in cases per age group from the previous report.)

The total number of cases per ZIP code are as follows:

  • Rockingham - 1181 (206 active)
  • Hamlet - 635 (114 active)
  • Ellerbe - 187 (26 active)
  • Hoffman - 156 (5 active)
  • Mount Gilead - 10 (0 active)
  • Marston - 19 (4 active)
  • Jackson Springs - 1 (0 active)

The total numbers (including recoveries) for surrounding counties are as follows:

  • Mecklenburg - 49,234 (other counties to top 10,000 are Wake, Guilford, Forsyth, Durham, Cumberland and Gaston. All are among the state’s 10 most-populated counties.)
  • Union - 9,186
  • Stanly - 3,371
  • Montgomery - 1,544
  • Anson - 1,051
  • Moore - 3,567 (617 active, 70 deaths)
  • Hoke - 2,210
  • Scotland - 2,154
  • Robeson - 8,018 (more than higher-populated counties New Hanover and Buncombe)

All numbers are from DHHS except Moore, which are from the local health department, as there has been a discrepancy with the state.

Only two counties of the state's 100 have had fewer than 200 total cases: Tyrrell (155); and Hyde (196). More than 70 have topped the 1,000 mark.