ARCNWS-03-18-21 COVID UPDATES

RANDOLPH COUNTY — Case numbers in Randolph County are reaching manageable levels that haven’t been seen in months, as the March 12 update by Randolph County Public Health indicated an 8-% positive test rate.

Cumulatively, Randolph County reported 13,780 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 207 deaths as of Monday, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. The county was also moved from a “red” designation, indicating critical status, to “orange.” The change in status indicates that Randolph is still seeing “substantial” spread, but the situation is less dire than it has been for months.

Susan Hayes, the county’s health director, expressed relief at the arrival of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which requires only one shot and can be stored at less extreme temperatures. Its arrival, she said, has boosted the recovery in rural areas such as Randolph.

With all the good news, she said, residents must continue to remain vigilant.

“Sometimes I think we just kind of get ahead of ourselves,” Hayes said. “If we can hang tight and stay the course, we’re going to end up in the right place. It’s been a long haul, and everybody’s kind of tired of it, and I understand. But we can’t let it go yet.”

According to NCDHHS, Archdale’s 27263 zip code has reported 1,929 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, 32 of whom have died. Sophia’s 27350 zip has tallied 557 cases and six deaths. In Trinity, the 27370 zip has recorded 1,377 cases. A total of 28 of those individuals died.

Statewide, the NCDHHS reported that 976 people were hospitalized as of Monday. Of the 886,218 total cases in North Carolina, 11,739 had died.

Health officials ask those who would like to be vaccinated keep in mind that the health department has an extremely limited supply of the vaccine and that the appointment line call volume remains very high.

Official statewide data on the COVID-19 pandemic is available at https://www.ncdhhs.gov/covid-19-case-count-nc. Anyone with questions related to COVID-19 or who needs to know local testing sites can call the Randolph County Health Department at 336-318-6200.

A total of 9,270 first doses of the vaccine had been administered in Randolph County as of March 12. Residents are encouraged to call 336-365-6110 to check the status of available appointments.

Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at dkennedy@atnonline.net.

Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at dkennedy@atnonline.net.

Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at dkennedy@atnonline.net.