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Another record 53 cases

Polk County has had 605 COVID-19 cases since March

POLK COUNTY—Polk County had another record week of COVID-19 cases the week before Christmas, which is the latest data received. 

The county had another 53 cases the week of Dec. 18, which matched the record just weeks before. 

The county has now had a total of 605 positive cases, with 512 of those presumed recovered and 13 deaths. 

Polk has completed 12,286 total tests with 153 tests still pending as of Dec. 18, according to the Polk County Department of Health and Human Service Agency. 

Of the county’s positive cases, most remain in women at 55.04 percent with men at 44.96 percent, according to the latest data. 

Most of the cases have been in people age 25-49 years old, followed by people age 50-64 years old, 65-74 years old and 75 and above. There have also been more than 40 cases each in people age 0-24. 

Polk County has had 39 people hospitalized from the virus. 

As of Wednesday, North Carolina had a total of 524,279 cases of COVID-19 and 3,377 people currently hospitalized, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. 

The state has completed 6,800,055 tests this year. 

In nearby counties, Buncombe County has had 8,944 positive cases and 144 deaths from the virus; Henderson County has had 5,193 positive cases and 89 deaths; Rutherford County has had 4,164 cases and 94 deaths and Transylvania County has had 874 cases and 10 deaths, according to the NCDHHS. 

As of Wednesday, the state had Polk County listed as having 694 cases and 13 deaths, which would mean an addition of 89 cases since Dec. 18.