Wednesday, 13 January 2021 18:15

Richmond County active COVID case count remains the same after new cases, recoveries

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ROCKINGHAM — While Richmond County saw an increase of nearly 50 new COVID-19 cases from the previous day, statewide numbers dropped to the lowest point this month.

The Richmond County Health Department on Wednesday reported 46 new cases of the coronavirus.

However, with 44 recoveries and two deaths reported earlier in the day, the number of active cases remains at 502.

“We don’t see those numbers decreasing for, at least, the next couple of weeks,” Health and Human Services Director Dr. Tommy Jarrell told members of the Richmond County Board of Education on Tuesday.

So far, there have been 448 cases of the coronavirus this month. There were just over 400 for both October and November and more than 800 in December.

Statewide daily cases dropped to 5,098 — the fewest reported thus far in 2021 — according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. The state had another record-breaking day on Saturday, topping 11,000.

The number of North Carolinians hospitalized with COVID-19 increased by 10 to 3,951 on Tuesday.

Locally, there are 24 COVID-related hospitalizations — the most since the pandemic began.

Jarrell said that he is “deeply concerned” about the health of several of those in the hospital.

According to FirstHealth, 100 of its 376 patients (26.6%) are COVID-positive. Scotland Memorial Hospital reported 38 patients were isolated on Wednesday, down from 46 — the highest it’s had — the previous day.

Vaccines began rolling out this week for residents aged 75 years or older.

According to DHHS records, 14 Richmond County residents have received both doses of the vaccine and 852 have been given the first dose.

Jarrel said that school employees aged 50 and older are included in the next group of essential workers — which also includes grocery store employees and first responders — to get the vaccine, however state guidelines may be changing in the coming days.

He told the school board that “a large number” of school employees who were surveyed said they want the vaccine.

Free COVID-19 testing will continue throughout the month in the parking lot behind the Health Department. Testing will run from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, except when closed for lunch from noon-12:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Of all the tests performed on county residents, 24,07 have returned a negative result and 3,150 have been positive.


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

  • 0-18 - 475 (+5) 
  • 19-30 - 510 (+4)
  • 31-40 - 418 (+8)
  • 41-50 - 530* (+8) 
  • 51-64 - 659 (+7)
  • 65-older - 558 (+14)

(+ Denotes increase from previous report. *The Richmond Observer mistakenly reported 555 cases for the 41-50 age group on Tuesday instead of 422.)

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

  • Rockingham - 301
  • Hamlet - 156
  • Ellerbe - 40
  • Hoffman - 5
  • Mount Gilead - 0
  • Marston - 0
  • Jackson Springs - 0


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