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LUMBERTON – Fewer than 50 new cases of COVID-19 were reported last week by the Robeson County Department of Health, another sign of improvement as the impact of the pandemic continues to wane.
There were 47 new cases reported by the health department between May 22 and Thursday, the department’s latest report. That’s 7.8 cases per day, compared to 11.4 cases per day between May 15 and May 21, when there were 80 reported cases.
Throughout the duration of the pandemic, 16,998 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Robeson County.
One death linked to the virus was reported in the county between May 22 and Thursday, compared to three deaths during the period May 15 to 21. This brings the number of deaths from the pandemic in the county to 242.
Robeson County’s test positivity rate this week was 2.8%, according to county health department director Bill Smith, well below the target of 5%.
There were 33,160 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine given in Robeson County and 28,953 second doses, according to statistics from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services as of noon Friday.
As face cover warrants have been lifted, Smith reiterates the importance for unvaccinated people to continue to wear masks and practice social distancing.
“Only fully vaccinated people are protected from the coronavirus. Unvaccinated people should hide indoors or social distancing cannot occur outdoors, ”Smith said. “Several stores locally display this message correctly at the entrance of their establishment. There is clearly a difference in the level of protection between being vaccinated and being unvaccinated, hence the need for masking to help equalize this.
“However, no matter how vigilant you are with masking and distancing, meeting someone with the virus can happen at any time. By getting vaccinated, it reduces the risk of poor results. The vaccine is available countywide for children 12 years of age and older. “
Nationwide, 0.01% of the vaccinated population developed severe symptoms of COVID-19 after vaccination, according to Smith. That’s 1 in 10,000 people, so with the immunization rate in Robeson County, it would be about three people in the county.
“It’s a remarkably low number,” Smith said. “At the very least, that’s one less excuse to get the vaccine.”
UNC Health Southeastern reports seven virus-positive patients in isolation at its medical center as of 11 a.m. Friday, up from three on May 21. There is a positive potential under investigation. Two employees are in quarantine due to possible exposure to the virus, up from three on May 21.
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke reported three new cases among its student body on campus between May 21 and Friday, with no new cases among faculty and staff or contractors.
There are six cases of active students at the UNCP. For the spring semester, there were 82 student cases, 28 among faculty and staff, and eight among contractors.
In North Carolina, the state surpassed the one million case mark on Thursday. There have been 1,001,154 reported cases of COVID-19 in the state. This includes 5,400 new cases between May 22 and Friday, compared to 6,416 cases between May 15 and 21.
There were 120 virus-related deaths reported statewide between May 22 and Friday, compared to 96 for the period May 15 to 21. There have been 3,078 virus-related deaths in North Carolina during the pandemic.
There are 694 virus-related hospitalizations statewide, up from 763 on May 21.
The NCDHHS reports that 3,267,721 first doses of the vaccine have been administered in the state and 3,003,311 second doses.