Monday, 22 February 2021 16:04

Richmond County sees fewer than 5 new COVID cases per day over weekend

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ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County is seeing some of the lowest COVID-19 numbers in months.

The Health Department on Monday reported 14 new cases over the weekend, an average of 4.6 cases per day.

It’s the lowest weekend report since only six were announced on Dec. 28, though the Christmas holiday likely played a role in the low test results.

Active cases have dropped to 116 — the fewest since Nov. 11, when 112 were reported. Active cases hit a high of 504 on Jan. 14.

Richmond County Schools reported six new cases:

  • Three traditional students - one each at East Rockingham, Monroe Avenue and Rockingham Middle
  • Three staff members - one each at Mineral Springs, Rockingham Middle and Richmond Early College High School

There have been 11 traditional students to test positive since they were allowed to return for in-person instruction on Feb. 1, as well as 18 staff members and 22 virtual students.

The recent downward trend is also reflected in statewide numbers from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

DHHS reported 2,133 new cases on Monday. While higher than the 1,988 reported Feb. 16, cases continue to drop.

Testing has also seemingly slowed down, according to DHHS.

COVID-related hospitalizations also continue to fall.

There were 1,567 COVID patients in North Carolina on Feb. 21 — more than 200 fewer than on Feb. 18.

Richmond County hospitalizations dropped to four on Monday, from six late last week. Earlier in the day, the Health Department reported two COVID-related deaths that appeared to be of local hospital patients.

COVID-positive patients at FirstHealth’s hospitals on Friday comprised 25 of the 339 admitted (7.4%).

Last week, state health officials announced that vaccine shipments were being delayed due to severe weather, with those scheduled for last week expected Monday through Wednesday of this week.

DHHS reports that 6,270 people in Richmond County have received the first of the two-dose Moderna vaccine, and 2,412 have been administered both. The doses are given about four weeks apart.

Teachers, other school personnel and childcare workers were slated to start receiving the vaccine on Monday.

To sign up for the vaccine locally, call 910-417-3030 and leave your name, date of birth and phone number. Local health officials ask that callers not leave multiple messages.

Vaccinations aren’t restricted by residency.

To schedule an appointment in Scotland County, call 910-291-7654 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The new hours for the free drive-thru testing clinic behind the Health Department are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays. However, times may be altered due to weather conditions.

According to the Health Department, 30,729 test results have been negative and 4,089 have been positive.