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County received 1,500 vaccine doses this week

The Stanly County Health Department has received 1,500 doses of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine this week, of which 800 were first doses and 700 were second doses.

People in Groups 1-3 are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines. Those groups include healthcare professionals with in-person patient contact, residents and workers at long-term care facilities, adults over 65 and frontline essential workers.

Beginning March 24, people at higher risk from COVID-19 due to underlying medical conditions will become the first within Group 4 who are eligible to receive a vaccine, as well as people in certain congregate-living settings.

Health Director David Jenkins said that on average the department is vaccinating 400 people per day. The department typically administers first doses on Thursdays and Fridays and second doses on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Jenkins noted that while demand to get vaccinated has decreased recently compared to previous months, the department is still receiving steady calls for vaccine appointments along with the use of the department’s online appointment scheduler at https://novelhealth.ai/practice/stanly-county-health-department-743250.

Jenkins said he “doesn’t have any expectation” that the department will receive any doses of the Johnson & Johnson one-shot COVID-19 vaccine. Atrium Health in Charlotte received its first shipment of the vaccine — around 6,000 doses — on Monday.

About the data

According to the latest NCDHHS data, 8,953 people in Stanly have received the first vaccine dose (14.3 percent of the population) while 4,699 people are fully vaccinated after receiving the second dose (7.5 percent). The county health department has administered 7,141 first doses and 2,954 second doses.
Of the total number of people that have been at least partially vaccinated, about 38 percent are between the ages of 65 and 74 followed by 31 percent 75 and older, according to state data. Only 15 percent of people 50 to 64 and 25 to 49 have been vaccinated. Roughly 60 percent have been female.
More than half of all people in Stanly 75 and up have received the first dose (54 percent) while nearly half of all people 65 to 74 have received the first dose (48 percent).
While much of the racial data regarding who has been vaccinated in Stanly is incomplete — with no information on how many Black, Asian and other minority groups have been vaccinated, from what is available from the state, 14.9 percent of all white people in the county and 3.3 percent of all Hispanics have been partially vaccinated.
Across the state, more than 1.8 million people have received the first dose while more than 1.1 million people are now fully vaccinated. Roughly 17 percent of all North Carolinians have received the first vaccine dose.
To make a vaccine appointment, call the hotline at 980-323-0205.
By the numbers
An additional 15 new COVID-19 cases were reported Tuesday, bringing the county’s cumulative total since last March to 6,717. Eight people are hospitalized while 129 people who had the virus have died.
Stanly’s rolling seven-day average positivity rate is at 5.4 percent, per the state Health and Human Services Department, roughly the same as the state’s current overall average of 5.2 percent.

Below is a breakdown of the number of cases and deaths of each municipality according to DHHS data:

  • Albemarle (28001): 2,994 cases and 79 deaths;
  • New London (28127): 1,034 cases and seven deaths;
  • Norwood (28128): 735 cases and nine deaths;
  • Locust (28097): 690 cases and three deaths;
  • Oakboro (28129): 546 cases and six deaths;
  • Stanfield (28163): 497 cases and three deaths;
  • Richfield (28137): 304 cases and four deaths;
  • Badin (28009): No information for the town.

Statewide, there have been roughly 10.6 million tests conducted resulting in at least 875,903 cases. A total of at 1,147 people were reported hospitalized Monday, and 11,552 people have died.

North Carolina reported 997 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, the first time the number has been under 1,000 since Oct. 4, when there were 610 new cases.

 

 

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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