COVID on the decline

Published 9:45 pm Thursday, April 22, 2021

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Polk has administered more than 15K vaccines

POLK COUNTY—COVID-19 cases in Polk County were on the decline last week with just a 1.2 percent positive rate. 

The county has had a total of 1,457 cases since late last March, adding 13 new cases last week. 

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As of last Friday, the county had 1,412 presumed recovered and remained at 28 total deaths from the virus. 

There have been 64 hospitalizations as of last Friday, according to the Polk County Department of Health and Human Services. 

The county has completed 19,627 COVID-19 tests. 

Polk County has administered 15,802 vaccines with 6,985 completed vaccines. 

Cases in the county continue to be more in females than males. Of the total positive cases in Polk County, 54.77 percent have been in females compared to 45.23 percent in males. 

Most of the cases in Polk County have been in people age 25-49 years old, followed by people aged 50-64; people aged 75 and above; people aged 65-74; people 0-17 and people 18-24, according to the county’s latest data. 

Polk County has discontinued its survey to get a vaccine. Now all people in North Carolina age 16 and above are eligible for a vaccine. Polk County has been taking appointments for vaccines at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring and has been doing no appointment necessary vaccines randomly. 

Other pharmacies are also now giving vaccines. 

To schedule an appointment people can call the Polk County COVID message line at 828-722-5086. More information is also available on a special COVID-19 tab located at