DAVIDSON COUNTY — The pandemic raged on in Davidson County in advance of the holidays, with case numbers once again reminding residents that the fight against COVID-19 is not over.
In sum, the number of those who have contracted COVID-19 in Davidson County as of Dec. 23 increased to 7,819 — a 12.4% increase from the previous week’s total — even as the state saw its total reach 494,511 residents. The percentage of positive cases of COVID-19 among those tested dipped slightly to 12.5% as of Dec. 23, according to the Davidson County Health Department.
A total of 76 Davidson County residents have lost their lives, including 10 in the seven-day period ending Dec. 23.
Local nursing and rehabilitation centers have also continued to see outbreaks, according to a report from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Its congregate living outbreak report on Dec. 22 showed eight outbreaks in Davidson County, including seven nursing homes and a residential care facility.
In Thomasville, Pine Ridge Health and Rehabilitation Center had 127 cases — 85 residents and 42 employees. Of those, nine were reported dead. Piedmont Crossing had 13 employees who tested positive, with one active case among residents. The report indicates no current COVID-19 outbreak inside the Davidson County Jail.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services updates its congregate living outbreak reports on Tuesdays and Fridays each week. An outbreak is defined as two or more laboratory-confirmed cases. Each outbreak is considered over when a facility goes 28 days from the last reported case with no evidence of continued transmission of COVID-19.
In total, 4.67% of the population in Davidson County has tested positive for COVID-19, compared to 4.71% of the state’s total population.
Area schools are seeing an increased trajectory. As of Dec. 18, 39 students were confirmed positive throughout the district during the week, including four from Brown Middle School, two from East Davidson High School, one from Fair Grove Elementary, two from Wallburg Elementary and one from Ledford Middle.
Among staff members, DCS reported 24 positive cases out of 2,361 employees. The DCS COVID-19 Dashboard can be accessed at https://www.davidson.k12.nc.us by clicking the dashboard button. It features a table of Davidson County schools with the student population of each facility, confirmed positive cases, those identified as having quarantined after being in close contact to an individual confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19, as well as the percentage of each population affected.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.