County exceeds 100 active cases for first time


For the first time during the coronavirus pandemic, Person County has more than 100 active cases of COVID-19, according to the Thursday, Oct. 22 weekly COVID-19 update from the Person County Health Department.

Between Oct. 15 and 22, there were 66 new cases – the county's largest single-week growth since the beginning of the pandemic.

Last week's growth follows 47 new cases in the previous week, which set a new high at the time.

With the new cases, there are 108 active cases – 105 people being isolated at home and three hospitalized.

The new cases take the total since March 24 to 602.

Of the past week's new cases, 45 were showing symptoms of coronavirus and 59 percent of the county's total cases have shown symptoms.

According to the most recent update, 40 people were released from isolation during the past week, another pandemic high. There have been 483 people released from home isolation since the beginning of the pandemic.

The county's pandemic death toll is now 11 after the past week saw the fifth COVID-19-related death in the past four weeks.

With 636 tests administered to county residents in the past week at facilities both inside and outside of Person County, the county's total is now 12,602 tests.

The percentage positive of tests returning positive rose for the third consecutive week, this time to 4.78 percent.

The demographic breakdown of cases is as follows compared to the last update.


• Female: 339 (+38)

• Male: 263 (+28)


• Black or African American: 163 (+7)

• White: 267 (+45)

• Other: 75 (+3)

• Unknown: 97 (+9)


• Hispanic: 67 (+2)

• Non-Hispanic: 535 (+64)


• 0-17: 56 (+6)

• 18-24: 76 (+8)

• 25-49: 215 (+20)

• 50-64: 138 (+17)

• 65+: 117 (+15)


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