Polk adds 14 new cases

Published 11:06 am Thursday, November 19, 2020

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County has had 430 cases of COVID-19 since March; 13 deaths

POLK COUNTY—Polk County added another 14 cases of COVID-19 last week bringing the total number of cases since late March to 430, according to Polk County health officials. 

Polk County has completed a total of 9,661 tests, with 51 tests pending as of last Friday. There are 399 patients presumed recovered and 13 deaths from the virus. 

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There have been 38 people from Polk County who have been hospitalized. 

Polk health officials say that patients who relocate outside of the county no longer show up in the county’s positive case count and if a person tests positive for the virus multiple times they are only counted once in the total positive count. 

Females make up the majority of the county’s positive case count at 54.65 percent, compared to 45.35 percent in males, according to the county’s data. 

Most of the cases have been in people age 25-49 years old, followed by people age 50-64 years old, people 75 years and older and 65-74 years old. There have been about 30 people test positive in the 0-17 year old range and a little less than 30 cases in people age 18-24. 

As of Tuesday morning, North Carolina had a total of 314,207 cases, with 1,424 people currently hospitalized. The state has completed a total of 4,644,683 tests. 

Buncombe County has had 4,860 cases and 110 deaths; Henderson County has had 2,811 cases and 70 deaths; Rutherford County has had 2,008 cases and 73 deaths and Transylvania County has had 486 cases and 9 deaths, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. 

Polk County continues to do free testing around the county and at the Polk County Health Department in Columbus. People can call 828-722-5086 for more information.