New cases bring largest one-week growth for second straight week, county still in worst spread tier


With 195 cases reported since last Wednesday, Person County experienced its largest one-week growth, one week after 184 new cases set a one-week high.
The new cases take the county’s total to 1,814 cases since March 2020.
The increase was aided by 50 new cases reported Wednesday, marking the county’s second-largest single day of cases since Dec. 30 when 66 new cases were reported.
Two more deaths take the county’s death toll to 23.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human services dashboard does not report the county’s number of current individuals in isolation, symptomatic cases or hospitalizations.
The dashboard does not keep a running percentage positive of tests for the county, but does show a 14.2 percent positivity rate between Dec. 23 and Jan. 4.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services updated its county map Wednesday with 84 counties experiencing “critical community spread.”
Person County remains in the highest tier.
The county has progressed through the classifications, starting with “significant community spread,” the state’s lowest category in the first map release Nov. 17 and maintaining that classification in the Nov. 23 update.
In the Dec. 8 update, Person County moved to the middle tier of “substantial community spread” and then into the “critical community spread” tier Dec. 22.
The county’s 14 day metrics between Dec. 20 and Jan. 2 used to determine its tier show 802.7 cases per 100,000 residents, a 14-day positivity rate of 12.2 percent and moderate hospital impact.
In response to the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the state, NCDHHS secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen issued a secretarial order instructing North Carolinians to only leave home for essential activities such as going to work or school, for health care purposes, to care for family members or to buy food, avoid leaving home if you are over 65 or at high risk for developing serious illness and to use delivery services or alternative pick-up methods for food and retail, avoid gathering with people who do not live with you, wear a mask and keep distance from people when you leave home, avoid any indoor public spaces where people are not wearing masks and to avoid crowds.


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