Polk tops 1,500 cases

Published 8:21 am Monday, May 17, 2021

County has administered 17K plus vaccines

POLK COUNTY—Polk County picked up another 13 cases of COVID-19 this week putting the county at more than 1,500 cases since last March. 

The county now has had 1,504 cases, with 1,450 patients presumed recovered and the death toll from the virus remaining at 30 people. There have been 68 people hospitalized. 

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As of Friday, the county had given 20,511 tests with 6 tests still pending. This week’s percent positive rate was 2.7, which is higher than last week’s of 2.2 percent. The week prior the percent positive was just 0.7 percent. The county added 13 cases last week as well and 14 cases the week prior. 

Polk County’s positive cases continue to be more in females than males at 54.92 percent in females compared to 45.08 percent in males, according to Friday’s report from the Polk County Department of Health and Human Services. 

Most of the county’s positive cases also continue to be in people age 25-49 years old, followed by people age 50-64; people age 75 and above; people age 65-74; people 0-17 and people 18-24, according to Friday’s report. 

Polk County has recently discontinued its survey to get a vaccine. Now all people in North Carolina age 12 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 throughout the county. 

Local pharmacies are also now giving vaccines. 

To schedule an appointment with the county 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 polknc.org.