ARCNWS-04-08-21 COVID

RANDOLPH COUNTY — After months of languishing as one of the most impacted counties in the state by the COVID-19 pandemic, Randolph County is finally seeing its situation reach a point of stability.

Case numbers in the county continue to subside, as the April 1 update by Randolph County Public Health indicated a 5.9% positive test rate. That comes as relief for communities that have endured a fatality rate that still ranks 16th-highest in the state and matches that of Durham County, which is more than twice its size.

Cumulatively, Randolph County reported, as of Monday, 14,336 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 217 deaths since last March, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Last month, the county was 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.

A total of 12,275 first doses of the vaccine had been administered in Randolph County as of April 1.

“We have plenty of doses,” said Darrell Frye, chairman of the Randolph County Board of Commissioners. “I don’t think you’ll have any wait, if you’ll just make an appointment that’s convenient for you, you’ll be able to get your vaccinations. We’re showing much improved numbers. Actually, our positivity rate is showing a couple points less than Guilford County.

“We’re making progress, and we’re appreciative to the citizens of this county for doing that.”

According to NCDHHS, Archdale’s 27263 zip code has reported 1,999 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, 35 of whom have died. Sophia’s 27350 zip has tallied 578 cases and six deaths. In Trinity, the 27370 zip has recorded 1,449 cases. A total of 29 of those individuals died.

Statewide, the NCDHHS reported that 907 people were hospitalized as of Monday. Of the 922,550 total cases in North Carolina, 12,200 had died.

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. 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.