Friday, 18 December 2020 18:15

Richmond County breaks 2,400 total COVID cases, state sets new daily high

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ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County reported more than 30 new COVID cases, for the fourth time this week, and the state set another daily record in both case and hospitalization numbers.


According to the Richmond County Health Department, 36 more residents have tested positive for the coronavirus.

The latest update brings the weekly total (including Saturday and Sunday) to 194, the monthly number to 551, and the overall figure to 2,401 since the first case was reported in April.

There are currently 349 active cases in the county, with 334 under home isolation and 15 hospitalized.

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday reported the state’s highest daily total of 8,444 — doubling a daily record set four weeks ago. The previous record high was set Dec. 11 with 7,540.

"I am very worried for our state. Everyone must act right now to protect each other," DHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy K. Cohen said in a statement. "Do not wait until it’s you or your loved sick with COVID-19 to wear a mask, wait apart from others and wash your hands often. Do not wait until it’s you or your loved one alone in a hospital bed. Do not wait until you’ve lost a loved one to this pandemic. Take personal responsibility for you, your loved ones and your community now."

Friday marks the 15th day this month that new daily numbers have topped 5,000. There have been more than 4,000 daily cases each day of December except for the first. Seven days have seen counts in excess of 6,000.

With Christmas coming up, health officials discourage traveling, according to a press release. However, those who do plan to travel are encouraged to get tested a few days before leaving.

The state has seen COVID-related hospitalizations continue to rise, setting a new record high almost every day over the past month. Friday was no different as hospitalizations topped out at 2,824.

FirstHealth reports that 88 of its 374 patients (23.54%) are COVID-positive.

According to DHHS, there have been 6,231,842 completed tests for the coronavirus in the state, 466,104 of which have been positive. 

FirstHealth has completed 66,815 tests with 58,174 negative results, 7,617 positive results, and 289 results still pending.

Some individuals have been tested multiple times.

The county has also recorded 20,829 negative test results since March, with 2005 of those who tested positive presumed to be recovered.

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.

BY THE NUMBERS

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

  • 0-18 - 356 (+6) 
  • 19-30 - 393 (+8)
  • 31-40 - 332 (+6)
  • 41-50 - 420 (+5) 
  • 51-64 - 489 (+5)
  • 65-older - 411 (+6)

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

  • Rockingham - 1,299 (199 active)
  • Hamlet - 694 (99 active)
  • Ellerbe - 202 (28 active)
  • Hoffman - 169 (15active)
  • Mount Gilead - 13 (3 active)
  • Marston - 23 (5 active)
  • Jackson Springs - 1 (0 active)

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

  • Mecklenburg - 54,463 (other counties to top 10,000 are Wake, Guilford, Forsyth, Durham, Cumberland and Gaston, Pitt and Union*)
  • Union* - 10,401
  • Stanly - 3,738
  • Montgomery - 1,708
  • Anson - 1,226
  • Moore - 4,116 (682 active, 75 deaths)
  • Hoke - 2,447
  • Scotland - 2,331
  • Robeson - 8,645 (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.

Tyrrell County, the smallest by population, remains the only one of the state’s 100 counties to have fewer than 200 cases with 161.