Alexander County reported 16 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. 6069 county citizens have contracted the virus since the beginning of the pandemic according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
As of 12 noon on Wednesday
246 cases in past 14 days
11 county citizens were hospitalized with COVID associate symptoms
119 deaths, 20 in the month of September
Over the past 14 days, the test positivity rate for Alexander County is 11.5 percent, with North Carolina at 9.7 percent.
38 percent have been fully vaccinated in Alexander County
41 percent have received at least one dose in Alexander County
To strengthen and extend protections against severe illness, North Carolinians at high risk for serious illness or exposure, and who have been fully vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine for six months or more, can now receive a COVID-19 booster shot following FDA and CDC authorization.
People who are 65 years or older, 18 years or older with underlying medical conditions, or those who work in a high-risk settings, such as healthcare workers, teachers and childcare providers, or food workers, are eligible in North Carolina.
Those eligible can find booster shots at the Alexander County Health Department, your healthcare provider, and pharmacies. If you are unsure or have questions, we encourage you to talk to your healthcare provider about whether getting a Pfizer booster shot is appropriate for you.
The health department is also administering third-dose shots for those who are moderately to severely immunocompromised.
The health department offers vaccinations, boosters, and third doses. To schedule your appointment, call (828) 632-9704 or visit www.alexandercountync.gov/covid. In addition, local pharmacies are offering walk-in appointments.
Alexander County Public Information Officer Gary L Herman contributed to this report