Another COVID-19 associated death was reported on Monday by the Alexander County Health Department.
92 deaths since beginning of pandemic
5,040 cases since beginning of pandemic
86 new cases from noon Friday through noon on Monday
312 cases in past 14 days
171 cases in past 7 days
9 county citizens are hospitalized
The county continues to lag well behind the state and national average for vaccination. 36 percent of the citizens in Alexander County are fully vaccinated, 38 percent are fully vaccinated.
Alexander County has a 16.2 percent positive test rate, with a rate of 13.1 percent in North Carolina. There are two outbreaks in Alexander County at a residential care facility and at a farm.
According to local data, there have been 54 break-through cases among those who are fully vaccinated since June 1 with an estimated break-through rate of 0.39 percent (less than half of one percent). Statistics also show that only three people who previously had COVID-19 became infected with the virus a second time. All 100 counties in North Carolina are in the CDC’s “red” category for a high level of community transmission of the virus. CDC guidance recommends that everyone wear a mask in all indoor public spaces if you live in areas of high or substantial levels of transmission.
Local health officials urge COVID patients to answer their phones as contact tracers may be trying to reach them.
Just today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fully approved the Pfizer vaccine. The vaccine was granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) in December 2020, and is now the only vaccine to be upgraded from EUA to full approval so far.
Immune-compromised individuals may now receive their third dose, but are asked to contact their doctor to determine the correct course of treatment.
The Alexander County Health Department is scheduling appointments for the Pfizer vaccine for persons age 12 and older and the Moderna vaccine for persons age 18 and older. To register for a vaccine appointment at our office, visit https://alexandercountync.gov/covid/ or call 828-632-9704.