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7 new cases

36.2 percent of people vaccinated are fully vaccinated

POLK COUNTY—Polk County picked up another 7 cases of COVID-19 but have now fully vaccinated 36.2 percent of people who are getting vaccines. 

The county has now had 1,520 positive cases of COVID-19 since last March, compared to 1,513 last week, according to the Polk County Division of Public Health’s report on Friday. 

Of those positive cases, 1,474 people are presumed recovered, 30 Polk County residents have died and 69 have been hospitalized. 

The county has completed 21,042 tests since last year. This week the percent positive on testing was 2.3 percent, according to the report, which is lower than last week’s percent positive of 3.3 percent. 

As of Friday, there have been 17,613 Polk County residents who have received a vaccine and of that total, 8,462 have been fully vaccinated, meaning either received the one-time dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine or received both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. 

Most of the county’s cases continue to be more in females than males. Most of the cases have also been in people age 25-49 years old, followed by people age 50-64 years old, people 75 and above, people age 65-74, people 0-17 years old and people 18-24 years old. 

Polk County has 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.