THONWS-01-02-20 COVID UPDATES

In less than a month’s time, more than one-third of the entire number of the county’s residents who have died during the pandemic passed in December.

DAVIDSON COUNTY — December was the deadliest month on record during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Davidson County Health Department.

In sum, the number of those who have contracted COVID-19 in Davidson County as of Dec. 29 increased to 8,495 even as the state saw its total reach 524,279 residents. The percentage of positive cases of COVID-19 among those tested rose roughly 3% over the span of a week to 15.4% as of Dec. 29, according to the Davidson County Health Department.

A total of 82 Davidson County residents have lost their lives, including six in the seven-day period ending Dec. 29. At press time, 28 of those who died did so in the month of December. That means in less than a month’s time, more than one-third of the entire number of the county’s residents who have died during the pandemic passed in December.

Local nursing and rehabilitation centers will not have updated numbers from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ biweekly report until Jan. 5, but the most recent records indicated continued outbreaks in Davidson County facilities. The NCDHHS congregate living outbreak report on Dec. 22 showed eight outbreaks in Davidson County, including seven nursing homes and a residential care facility.

In total, 5.07% of the population in Davidson County has tested positive for COVID-19, compared to 5.00% of the state’s total population.

Davidson is now one of the state’s 65 “red” counties, which means the state health department signifies the area is exhibiting “critical community spread,” with at least 42 cases in 14 days.

Tuesday’s report from the Davidson County Health Department indicated 1,052 active cases. Due to the volume of cases, the health department can no longer accurately report the number of individuals cleared from isolation or the number of those hospitalized.

Statewide, the NCDHHS reported that 3,377 people were hospitalized as of Dec. 29. A total of 6,602 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 Davidson County Health Department at 336-242-2300.

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.