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Published 7:17 pm Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Polk adds another record 101 cases of COVID-19

POLK COUNTY—Polk County has hit another record with COVID-19 cases. 

The county added another 101 cases last week, which is the most since the pandemic began. The week prior was another record with 99 cases and the week before that the county added another 92 cases, according to the Polk County Department of Health and Human Services. 

The county has now had 2,081 cases since March 2020. 

The county also added 3 deaths last week, at 39, compared to 36 deaths the previous week. The county also added 3 hospitalizations last week, at 86, compared to 83 the previous week. 

Last week’s percent positive was 10 percent, which was down from the previous week’s 14.2 percent positive. 

Of the county’s population, 41 percent remain fully vaccinated. There have been 9082 Polk County residents who have received at least one vaccine and 8,506 residents who are fully vaccinated, according to the DHHS. 

Polk County’s positive cases overall have been mostly in people age 25-49 years old, followed by people 50-64 years old, people 65-74 years old, people 75 and above, people 0-17 and people 18-24 years old. 

Vaccines are free for anyone and are now being administered to everyone age 12 and older in North Carolina. 

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 

Local pharmacies are also now giving vaccines.