COVID-19 vaccine

Randolph County is recording a less-than-2% increase week to week in the total number of those receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

RANDOLPH COUNTY — Local vaccination rates appear to be reaching a near standstill, as county residents seem to be reluctant to take the shot.

According to data from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Randolph County is recording a less-than-2% increase week to week in the total number of those receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. As of July 9, Randolph County Public Health had administered 14,851 first doses.

A total 33.1% of the population living in the county are vaccinated and 31% of the population has had at least one dose as of July 12. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers someone fully vaccinated two weeks after they’ve been given a single-dose shot from Johnson & Johnson or a second shot from either Pfizer or Moderna.

A variant of the virus reportedly more contagious and more deadly, the Delta variant is increasing in North Carolina and across the United States.

An update from the Randolph County Health Department last week indicated that a total of 40 new COVID-19 cases were reported from June 29 to July 12. As of July 9, the number of those who have died from COVID-19 reached 231. The state’s total number of cases has now eclipsed 1 million residents, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

The Center for Disease Control reports that cases of COVID-19 are up 10% nationwide, and an estimated 25% of the COVID-19 cases in the United States are Delta variants. Only 15% of cases in North Carolina are believed to be the Delta variant.

The three vaccines have proven to be effective against the Delta variant, but since nearly two-thirds of the population is still not vaccinated, the variant still poses a viable threat.

On May 6, the NCDHHS announced that half of the adults in North Carolina had received at least one dose of the vaccine. That number has remained fairly stagnant since.

Randolph County Public Health provided a final update last week on social media regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. While the virus “is still present in the community,” the health department said in a release, “the case rate,% positivity, etc. have leveled off the last few weeks; there has also not been any significant changes to guidance.”

Should any significant changes arise, the health department will begin regular updates again.

Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at kennedy@tvilletimes.com.

Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at kennedy@tvilletimes.com.