Friday, 15 January 2021 18:44

More than 500 COVID cases in Richmond County for 2021; global deaths top 2M

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ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond County Health Department on Friday reported more than 30 new COVID-19 cases for the third consecutive day, though the recent report shows fewer than the previous two.


According to the Health Department, 33 more residents have tested positive for the coronavirus. However, the number of active cases dropped to 499. Active cases have totaled more than 500 for the past three days.

The Health Department estimates that 34 residents have recovered in the past 24 hours.

So far, there have been 519 cases of the coronavirus this month. There were just over 400 for both October and November and more than 800 in December.

Statewide numbers decreased slightly from 9,853 to 8,914.

The case count has been more than 5,000 each day this month with six days topping 9,000 and peaking at 11,581 on Jan. 9.

After hitting a new high on Wednesday, North Carolina’s total COVID-related hospitalizations dropped slightly Thursday to 3,916 — the sixth day with more than 3,900. (State hospital numbers are a day behind.)

The Health Department reported 22 hospitalizations on Friday.

According to FirstHealth, 97 of its 371 patients (26.1%) are COVID-positive; Scotland Memorial Hospital had 41 COVID patients isolated.

On Thursday, DHHS announced that residents 65 years old and older can now get the vaccine, along with all health care workers.

Earlier this week, FirstHealth and the Health Department began administering the vaccine to those aged at least 75.

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, 25,099 have returned a negative result and 3,211 have been positive.

Earlier in the day, the Health Department reported three additional COVID-related deaths.

Since that report, Johns Hopkins University reports that global coronavirus deaths have surpassed 2 million.

BY THE NUMBERS 

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

  • 0-18 - 484 (+4) 
  • 19-30 - 516 (+2)
  • 31-40 - 428 (+5)
  • 41-50 - 538 (+6) 
  • 51-64 - 677 (+7)
  • 65-older - 578 (+9)

(+ Denotes increase from previous report.)

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

  • Rockingham - 299
  • Hamlet - 146
  • Ellerbe - 46
  • Hoffman - 6
  • Mount Gilead - 2

The number of cases for the past 14 days* (including recoveries) for surrounding counties are as follows:

  • Mecklenburg -11,934
  • Union - 3,033
  • Stanly - 902
  • Montgomery - 453
  • Anson - 308
  • Moore - 1,047
  • Hoke - 447
  • Scotland - 358
  • Robeson - 1,788

All 100 of North Carolina’s counties have now experienced at least 200 total cases.

 

Last modified on Friday, 15 January 2021 19:01