Polk up to 380 cases

Published 9:05 am Wednesday, October 28, 2020

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Most of the cases have been in people 25-49 years old

POLK COUNTY—Polk County is up to 380 cases of COVID-19 and most of those cases have been in people age 25-49, according to the county’s latest statistics.

The county had an increase of 7 cases last week, up to 380 total since late March. The county has 12 deaths and cumulative hospitalizations are at 36 from the virus.

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Polk County had completed 8,465 tests as of last Friday, with 337 people presumed recovered. There were 48 tests pending as of Friday. The percent positive last week was an increase of 5.8 percent over the previous week.

Of the county’s total positive cases, more than 100 have been in people age 25-49; almost 80 have been in people age 50-64; more than 60 have been in people age 75 and above and about 50 have been in people age 65-74.

More females in the county have had the virus compared to males, at 55 percent female and 45 percent male as of Friday.

As of Tuesday afternoon, North Carolina had 263,883 cases and had completed 3,890,764 tests, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. The state had 1,214 people currently hospitalized as of Tuesday afternoon.

Compared to Polk County, Buncombe County has had 4,088 cases and 102 deaths; Henderson County has had 2,504 cases and 66 deaths; Rutherford County has had 1,742 cases and 53 deaths and Transylvania County has had 409 cases and 9 deaths, according to the NCDHHS.

The county is offering free testing and has an information message line. For information or to schedule testing call 828-722-5086. Callers are asked to leave a message and a health official will return the call.