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Polk COVID cases at 1.7 percent positive

County has administered more than 16K vaccines

POLK COUNTY—Polk County only picked up 7 new cases of COVID-19 this week. 

The county has now had a total of 1,464 cases compared to 1,457 cases last week. 

The totals include all positive cases since late March 2020. 

As of Friday, there were 1,414 of the total cases presumed recovered. There have now been 29 deaths from the virus in the county, with one new death added this week. 

Polk County has had 66 patients hospitalized from the virus. 

The percent positive this week was 1.7 percent. 

Last week the county added 13 new cases but the percent positive from testing was 1.2 percent. 

Polk County has completed a total of 19,834 tests since last year, according to Friday’s data from the Polk County Department of Health and Human Services. 

As of Friday, the county had completed 16,293 total vaccines, with completed vaccines of 7,408. 

Most of the positive cases in Polk County have been in females, at 54.71 percent, compared to males at 45.29 percent, according to Friday’s data. 

Most of the positive cases have also been in people age 25-49 years old, followed by people age 50-64 years old, people age 75 and above, people age 65-74 years old, people age 0-17 and people age 18-24. 

Polk County has recently discontinued its survey to get a vaccine. Now all people in North Carolina age 16 and above are eligible for a vaccine. Polk County has been taking appointments for vaccines at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring and has been doing no appointment necessary vaccines randomly throughout the county. 

Local pharmacies are also now giving vaccines. 

To schedule an appointment with the county people can call the Polk County COVID message line at 828-722-5086. More information is also available on a special COVID-19 tab located at polknc.org.