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Only 5 new COVID cases this week

Polk has administered 8,200 vaccines so far

POLK COUNTY—Polk County only added 5 new COVID-19 cases this week, according to the latest advisory sent by Polk health officials on Friday. 

Polk County had 1,384 cases last week and 1,389 cases this week. 

The county has completed 18,287 tests with 1,389 positive tests and 1,346 patients presumed recovered. There were no new deaths from the virus this week, with the total deaths in the county remaining at 28 since last year. 

As of Friday, there were 9 tests still pending. 

The county’s cases continue to trend down in the last several weeks. There have been a total of 64 hospitalizations from the virus in the county. This week’s percent positive was 3.1 percent. 

The county has administered a total of 8,200 vaccines for the virus, according to Friday’s data. 

The total completed vaccines, meaning people who have received both vaccines, was 2,639, as of Friday. 

Women in Polk County continue to be higher than males testing positive at 54.43 percent as of Friday, compared to 45.57 percent of males.

The most positive cases have been in people age 25-49, followed by people age 50-64, people age 75 and above, people age 65-74, people 0-17 and people 18-24, according to the county’s latest data.

The county is currently administering vaccines to people in groups 1, 2 and 3. Those groups include health care workers and long-term care staff and residents; people 65 years and older; school and child care workers and frontline essential workers. 

Vaccines are being done at the Tryon International Equestrian Center by the county by appointment only. Anyone interested in receiving a vaccine should call 828-722-5086 or complete a survey located at polknc.org. The direct link to the survey can be found at https://www.jotform.com/form/203146354081145 and details about who qualifies as frontline essential workers can be found at https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/…/find…/deeper-dive-group-3