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11 new cases

Positive cases of COVID declined this week in Polk

POLK COUNTY—Polk County’s positive cases of COVID-19 declined this week by 3.5 percent over last week, according to Polk County health officials. 

Polk County has had a total of 307 cases, which is an increase of 11 new cases since last week. 

The county added another death this week, with a total of 9 deaths. 

As of Friday, Polk County had completed a total of 5,682 tests, with 307 positives and 5,178 negatives. The county presumes 276 positives have recovered, so with 9 deaths that means there are currently 22 active cases. Last week there were 33 active cases. 

As of Friday there were 11 tests pending in the county, according to the Polk County Department of Health and Human Services Agency. Of the positive cases in the county, 31 people have been hospitalized. 

Of the county’s cases, most have been female at 53.09 percent and 46.91 percent male. 

North Carolina as of Friday had 3,207 deaths from the virus and 191,019 lab-confirmed cases, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. The state has completed 2,749,020 tests, with 904 people currently hospitalized from the virus. 

Buncombe County had 2,823 cases and 76 deaths as of Friday; Henderson County had 1,887 cases and 64 deaths; Rutherford County had 1,090 cases and 22 deaths and Transylvania County had 301 cases and 6 deaths, according to the NCDHHS. 

Polk County is offering free testing at various sites, including at the Polk County Health Department in Columbus. The tests are drive-through. To schedule an appointment or to find out more information about testing call 828-722-5086 and leave a message and someone will return your call.