Health Department reports record week for COVID-19 in Person County

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The last week brought a number of records for COVID-19 according to the weekly report released by the Person County Health Department.

In the Thursday report, the Health Department announced a new record for new weekly cases with 154 since Dec. 10.

The county's previous high was set last week with 99 new cases.

The new cases take the county's total to 1,193 since March 24.

Of the new cases, 136 people were showing symptoms. In total, 816 of the county's cases have shown symptoms of COVID-19 – 68 percent the total.

There are 240 people being monitored at home, breaking the record of 153 set in last week's update.

Person County also hit a new high of hospitalizations with eight.

Another death in the past week takes the county's total to 15.

In the past week, 1,233 tests were administered to county residents at facilities both in and outside of Person County taking the total since March to 19,281.

The county's rate of tests returning positive rose to 6.18 percent.

The Health Department also released weekly percentage positive information that shows the county's percent positivity rate was 10 percent from Nov. 29 to Dec. 5.

The new records follow an update to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services county map system Wednesday which saw Person County move from the state's lowest classification – “significant community spread" to the middle tier with “substantial community spread.”

According to the state’s COVID-19 County Alert System update, Person County is currently experiencing 511.5 cases per 100,000 residents, 9.9 percent of tests returning positive over 14 days and low hospital impact.

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

Gender

• Female: 668 (+90)

• Male: 525 (+64)

Race

• Black or African American: 284 (+28)

• White: 611 (+96)

• Other: 153 (+15)

• Unknown: 145 (+15)

Ethnicity

• Hispanic: 126 (+9)

• Non-Hispanic: 1,067 (+145)

Age

• 0-17: 140 (+27)

• 18-24: 122 (+10)

• 25-49: 461 (+62)

• 50-64: 281 (+34)

• 65+: 189 (+21)

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