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Cases trending down in Polk 


Polk has first in weeks of non-record Covid cases


POLK COUNTY—Polk County had its first week in several of not having a record number of Covid-19 cases. 

The county added 64 cases last week, according to the Polk County Department of Health and Human Services, which is down from the past several weeks. 

Polk County did add another 2 deaths from the virus last week, up from 39 the week prior to 41 deaths last week. Polk County has had 5 deaths from the virus in the last couple of weeks. 

The county’s total case count since March 2020 is at 2,145, with 25,667 tests administered since then. Last week’s 64 cases was down from the previous few weeks. The week prior, the county added 101 new cases and the previous week the county added another 92 cases. 

Last week’s percent positive was 14.6 percent, which was higher than the previous 2 weeks. 

The county remains at 41 percent of its population being completed vaccinated. 

There are 9,148 Polk County residents who have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 8,589 Polk County residents who are fully vaccinated, according to the DHHS. 

Polk County’s positive cases overall have been mostly in females and 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. 

Booster shots are now also available to many qualified people. 

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. 

Local pharmacies are also now giving vaccines.