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Richmond County reports more than 25 COVID-19 cases 3rd time this month

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ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County continues to see a spike in positive coronavirus cases with more than 25 reported on Monday.


According to the Richmond County Health Department, another 27 residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19, making 133 in the past week. Health officials reported 28 on Sept. 8 (which included cases from Sept. 6 and 7), 18 on Sept. 9, 31 on Sept. 10 (the most of any one day since the pandemic began), 12 on Sept. 11 and 17 on Sept. 12.

There are currently 155 active cases, with 146 under home isolation. The Health Department listed nine hospitalizations, but later reported the 14th COVID-related death of a person who was hospitalized.

To date, 8,428 residents have tested negative. There have been a total of 872 positive cases, with 704 having recovered.

So far, there have been 182 positive cases in September, for an average of 13 per day. By comparison, there were 200 cases for the entire month of July (6.5 per diem average) and 210 in August (6.7 average).

Only two reporting days this month have had fewer than 10 cases. Five days have had more than 15 new cases reported. In July there were eight reporting days with 10 or more cases and 11 in August.

Some of Monday’s cases could have been contracted during Labor Day weekend as there is a 7-14-day incubation period for the virus.

Statewide, only 845 new cases were reported on Monday, a drop from last week’s high of 1,532 on Sept. 11, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

DHHS also reports there have been 3,060 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

Coronavirus hospitalizations in North Carolina have risen to 895 but have, overall, been on a slight decline in recent days, according to DHHS statistics.

FirstHealth of the Carolinas reported on Monday that the local hospital chain currently has 44 COVID-19 patients, comprising 12.6% of its 350 total patients.

Of the 31,893 individuals tested by FirstHealth, around 11% (3,573) have been positive, 27,806 have been negative, and 140 results are still pending.

Richmond County Schools reports that three virtual students ( one each at Hamlet Middle, Richmond Early College High School and Richmond Senior High School) and one traditional student (Fairview Heights Elementary) tested positive on Monday, and one Central Office staffer tested positive over the weekend.

BY THE NUMBERS

The number of local cases per age group are as follows:

  • 0-18 - 119
  • 19-30 - 135
  • 31-40 - 122
  • 41-50 - 158
  • 50-64 - 185
  • 65-older - 153

The number of cases per ZIP code are as follows:

  • Rockingham - 492 (79 active)
  • Hamlet - 244 (53 active)
  • Ellerbe - 90 (16 active)
  • Hoffman - 33 (6 active)
  • Mount Gilead - 10 (0 active)
  • Marston - 3 (1 active)

(*Note: The Richmond County Health Department now lists the number of active cases per ZIP Code instead of the number of recoveries.)

DHHS reports that more than 40 of the state’s 100 counties that have now experienced more than 1,000 total cases: Alamance, Brunswick, Burke, Buncombe, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Catawba, Craven, Franklin, Chatham, Cleveland, Columbus, Cumberland, Davidson, Duplin, Durham, Edgecombe, Forsyth, Gaston, Granville, Guilford, Harnett, Henderson, Iredell, Johnston, Lee, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Moore, Nash, New Hanover, Onlsow, Orange, Pitt, Randolph, Rowan, Robeson, Rockingham, Rutherford, Sampson, Stanly, Surry, Union, Wake, Wayne, Wilkes and Wilson.

In addition to Richmond, Halifax, Hoke, Lenoir, McDowell, Montgomery, Pender and Vance counties have had more than 800 cases.

Madison (85) and Mitchell (99) counties are the only two with fewer than 100 cases.

Compared to other counties with a population between 43,000 and 48,000, Richmond falls around close to the top. Vance County has had 987 cases. The other four counties in the same population group have lower totals: Beaufort (788); Jackson (521); McDowell (863); and Stokes (387).

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

  • Mecklenburg -26,931 (the only other county to top 10,000 is Wake with 16,393)
  • Union - 4,385
  • Stanly - 1,720
  • Montgomery - 986
  • Anson - 510
  • Moore - 1,498 (107 active)
  • Hoke - 982
  • Scotland - 831
  • Robeson - 4,050

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

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is reporting 1,123 total cases in Chesterfield County and 858 in Marlboro County.