COVID

DAVIDSON COUNTY — A vaccine has brought hope to thousands in Davidson County, even as the total recorded number of deaths through the COVID-19 pandemic continues to climb.

A total of 5,018 people were reportedly vaccinated in the first three weeks of the vaccine being available through the Davidson County Health Department. Starting Monday, the health department will begin vaccinating individuals aged 65 years of age and older.

Thus far, appointments have been limited to individuals 75 or older, or frontline healthcare workers.

“While other jurisdictions are vaccinating a larger eligibility group, due to high demand in Davidson County [windows are limited],” Davidson County Health Director Lillian Koontz said. “We look forward to a time when we have a larger supply so that we may vaccinate all who are interested.”

Koontz said the vaccine has been distributed as quickly as the process will allow.

Despite the overwhelming response and efforts by teams of health professionals in the county, the death toll in Davidson County continues to rise. Earlier this month, the county saw the number of those deceased rise to 107.

In sum, the number of those who have contracted COVID-19 in Davidson County as of Jan. 19 increased to 11,554 even as the state saw its total reach 690,912 residents, according to the Davidson County Health Department.

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 3,740 people were hospitalized as of Jan. 20. A total of 8,200 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 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.