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Polk’s COVID-19 cases decline 2.9 percent; 2 new deaths

POLK COUNTY—Polk County had a decline in new cases of COVID-19 this week but added 2 new deaths. 

The county now has had a total of 314 positive cases and 11 deaths, up from 307 cases and 9 deaths last week. 

Polk County has completed 6,112 tests, with 314 positive, 5,642 negatives and 284 presumed recovered. As of Friday, there were 51 tests still pending, according to county health officials. 

There have been 31 people hospitalized from the virus, according to Friday’s statistics. 

Of the county’s positive cases, 52.87 percent have been female and 47.13 percent have been male. 

Most of the positive cases have been in people age 65 and older at almost 120 of the cases. 

The next age group is 25-49 years old at just over 70 cases with the next age group being 50-64 years old at about 50 cases. There have been more than 20 cases in the 0-17 age range and about 15 in the 18-24 age range. 

As of Friday, North Carolina had 198,189 lab-confirmed cases with 902 of those currently hospitalized. The state has completed 2,870,191 tests, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. 

Compared to Polk County, Buncombe County has had 2,954 cases and 82 deaths; Henderson County has had 1,945 cases and 64 deaths; Rutherford County has had 1,140 cases and 32 deaths and Transylvania County has had 324 cases and 7 deaths, according to the NCDHHS.