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Active COVID cases at more than 240

Stanly County added 30 new coronavirus cases Friday as it reached 1,091 cumulative cases, according to data from the health department. It’s a small decline from the 35 new cases reported Thursday.

There are 242 active cases and 19 people who are hospitalized, while 820 people who previously had the virus have recovered.

There are now 29 deaths in the county, more than three times the number two week ago, when there were only nine confirmed deaths. From the information available from the state, three inmates at Albemarle Correctional have died, along with two residents at Woodhaven Court and three residents at Spring Arbor.

A majority of the cases, 779, have been transmitted through human to human contact, while 216 have been transmitted through community spread. More than 9,400 tests have been completed in the county.

There are still 10 outbreaks in the county in congregate living facilities, the largest of which has come from Albemarle Correctional, where 106 inmates and at least 32 staff members have been infected. The second largest outbreak is at Woodhaven Court, where 41 residents and staff have been infected.

Stanly received its first confirmed case of the virus March 20, while its first death — a person in their 60s with underlying health conditions — occurred April 9.

Across the state, 132,812 cases have been confirmed after more than 1.94 million completed tests. A total of 1,123 people are hospitalized, and 2,134 people have died.

Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday that the state would remain in Phase 2 for an additional five weeks due to increasing cases and hospitalizations. This is the third time Cooper has extended Phase 2, which began May 22.

The demographics continue to stay relatively constant in Stanly, with people ages 25 to 49 being the group most likely to contract the virus (40 percent of all cases) followed by those ages 50 to 64 (25 percent). Children younger than 17 and those ages 18-24 have each accounted for around 8 percent of all cases.

Cases are split evenly among males and females while Hispanics, which make up about 4 percent of the county population, account for 15 percent of cases.

The health department tests people outside the Stanly County Commons Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. To schedule an appointment at the Stanly County Health Department drive-in testing site call 704-982-9171.

About Chris Miller

Chris Miller has been with the SNAP since January 2019. He is a graduate of NC State and received his Master's in Journalism from the University of Maryland. He previously wrote for the Capital News Service in Annapolis, where many of his stories on immigration and culture were published in national papers via the AP wire.

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