For the first time in four weeks, Person County did not break its one week high of new cases.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 dashboard shows 193 cases in the past week, taking the county’s total to 2,234 cases since March 2020.
There have been 38 COVID-19-related deaths reported in the county since the pandemic began.
The NCDHHS dashboard does not include the number of individuals who are currently isolated.
According to the dashboard which has demographic data available up to the week of Jan. 10, there have been 947 men and 1,254 women diagnosed with COVID-19.
The 25-49 age group has had the most cases in the county with 765 cases, followed by the 50-64 group with 526 cases.
Vaccinations in Person County continued last Wednesday and Thursday as the county health department held two drive-thru vaccination clinics at Palace Pointe.
County Health Director Janet Clayton said she was “very pleased” with the two clinics and said her department administered about 1,100 doses across the two days using the county’s vaccine allocation for the week and leftover doses from the week before.
Last Thursday, the NCDHHS announced that the state’s vaccine providers can expand their eligibility requirements to all health care workers and anyone aged 65 years and older and the county health department expanded the eligibility of that day’s drive-thru clinic until supplies were exhausted.
The health department’s three appointment-only vaccination clinics this week Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to be held at X-Tra Storage at 134 Weeks Drive were announced to be full Tuesday afternoon.
Clayton explained to the county commissioners Tuesday that the health department’s vaccine supplies are limited each week and the department is not informed of the next week’s supply until late Fridays, typically.
Clayton said a number of people in the community have called and asked to volunteer.
She said volunteers will be able to assist with the registration process, medical evaluations and medical professionals, if licensed to do so, can help provide actual vaccinations.
“We’re working through the process where volunteers will be able to sign up electronically and we will go through a vetting process [including] background checks and things of that nature,” she said. “I wish we could tell you today what we’re doing next week, but we do not know our allocations until the end of the week.”
Individuals can also register to volunteer through NC Emergency Management at terms.ncem.org/TRS/.
Individuals who are health care workers or aged 65 or older can sign up to be on the health department’s vaccine wait list at www.surveymonkey.com/r/COVID19vaccinelist.