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According to DCHD Director Lillian Koontz, the COVID-19 vaccine has been distributed in Davidson County as quickly as the process will allow.

DAVIDSON COUNTY — County commissioners received updates from Davidson County Health Director Lillian Koontz on how the COVID-19 vaccine is being administered.

A total of 1,108 people were reportedly vaccinated in the first two days at the Davidson-Davie County Community College, and Koontz told the Davidson County Board of Commissioners that early returns have been promising. The total number of those vaccinated had grown to 2,672 as of Jan. 11.

“From what I’m hearing, traffic is less than fun for folks right now because they’re trying to get a lot of people in a small space,” Koontz said. “But I’m also hearing from our team that the individuals we’re vaccinating could not be more grateful. There are tears, there are tries at hugs.”

Davidson County is currently in group 1 of Phase 1b, so those age 75 and older are currently receiving the vaccine. Koontz said the health department is working on a week-by-week basis, because that’s how frequently health officials receive notice on what type and how many doses of vaccine they are receiving.

“I don’t know what we’re getting next week,” Koontz said. “I don’t know what brand we’ll get next week and I don’t know how many. When individuals are calling at the rate that they’re calling and they want us to schedule them out for appointments, we just can’t do that because we don’t know what supply we’ll have.”

Koontz said the vaccine has been distributed as quickly as the process will allow. Of the thousands who have been vaccinated in the county, not all are residents. Koontz said that while she would like to ensure that Davidson County residents are given priority, she knows that the disease does not stop at the county line.

“When we signed on that we would take these vaccines, we had to sign and check ‘yes, I agree’ that we could not require residency for anybody,” Koontz said. “We know that there are people we are vaccinating that don’t live in Davidson County.”

In sum, the number of those who have contracted COVID-19 in Davidson County as of Jan. 11 increased to 10,446 even as the state saw its total reach 641,073 residents, according to the Davidson County Health Department. A total of 96 Davidson County residents have lost their lives, including 10 in the seven-day period ending Jan. 11.

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.