Quarter of county partially vaccinated, no deaths reported for three weeks


The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 dashboard shows 38 new cases reported in Person County during the past week.
The 38 new cases are an increase from the past week’s new case total, halting the metric’s two week decline.
In total, 3,213 cases have been reported in Person County since March 2020.
For the third consecutive week, there have been no COVID-19 related deaths reported and the county’s death toll remains 67.
The two-week average positive test rate was 6.2 percent as of Wednesday.
On Monday, the county passed 10,000 residents at least partially vaccinated, which also pushed the percentage over one quarter of the county’s population.
As of Wednesday, 10,229 residents are at least partially vaccinated and 6,208 residents are fully vaccinated, representing 25.9 and 15.7 percent of the county, respectively.
Gov. announces accelerated vaccination timeline
In a March 25 briefing, Gov. Roy Cooper announced an accelerated vaccine group timeline.
Cooper announced that the remaining portion of the state’s group four – additional essential workers and people living in congregate settings such as student dormitories – will be eligible for vaccination March 31, one week before initially planned.
Essential workers include frontline workers who do not have to in person for work and those in a range of sectors such as construction, energy, financial services and public works.
Cooper also announced that all adults will be eligible beginning April 7.
Earlier in March, President Joe Biden directed states to make all adults eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by May 1 with the goal of getting the nation closer to normal by the Fourth of July.
“I’m grateful for North Carolinians who are taking this seriously and getting the shot when it’s their time and I’m encouraged that North Carolina will be able to open eligibility to all adults well ahead of the president’s May 1 goal,” Cooper said.
However, while anyone 16 or older will be eligible for a vaccine beginning April 7, each vaccine has an age requirement.
NCDHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen said only the Pfizer vaccine has been given authorization for use on people as young as 16 and 17.
The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines have only been given authorization for people 18 and older.
Cohen said she expects a future update to the department’s vaccine finder tool to make it easy for people to find out which providers have each vaccine.
Local vaccine providers can be found at https://myspot.nc.gov/.


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