ARCNWS-02-18-21 COVID UPDATE

RANDOLPH COUNTY — Eight current outbreaks of COVID-19 remain in local congregate living facilities in Randolph County, but the number of those affected have decreased over the course of the week.

Seven long-term care facilities, and another in the Randolph County Detention Center, account for a total of 332 cases and 17 deaths, according to the NCDHHS congregate living outbreak report on Feb. 12. Randolph’s total death toll stands at 195, according to Randolph County Public Health.

The jail has seen its number increase by one to 114 cases, 93 inmates among them. No deaths were reported as of the end of last week.

According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Archdale’s 27263 zip code has reported 1,780 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, 31 of whom have died. Sophia’s 27350 zip has tallied 496 cases and five deaths. In Trinity, the 27370 zip has recorded 1,275 cases. A total of 26 of those individuals died. No new deaths were reported in any of the three zip codes last week.

Due to continual shifting of health department resources toward preventative measures, contact tracing is not available in the way the department was conducting it throughout the pandemic. The health department can no longer accurately report the number of individuals cleared from isolation or the number of those hospitalized.

Statewide, however, the NCDHHS reported that 1,941 people were hospitalized as of Monday. Of the 824,352 total cases in North Carolina, 10,524 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 4,670 first doses of the vaccine had been administered in Randolph County as of Feb. 12.

Due to the limited availability of vaccines, all vaccine appointments are filling quickly. Residents are encouraged to call back today at 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.