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Nearly 120 new COVID cases reported in Richmond County in 4 days

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ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond County Health Department early Friday evening reported 36 new cases of COVID-19.

This makes the fourth consecutive day with more than 25 new cases. The Health Department reported 26 on both Tuesday and Wednesday and 31 on Thursday. During the month of June, the weekly average was 21.

There have been 119 new cases reported since Tuesday.

The number of active cases has not been reported since Aug. 4.

Statewide, new daily cases are the second-highest they’ve been in recent months at 6,628, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. That statistic peaked Aug. 8 at 6,892. Friday’s total is more than 12 times higher than on July 13.

Local COVID-related hospitalizations weren’t reported Thursday or Friday, but were listed at 20 on Wednesday. 

FirstHealth reported Thursday that 100 of its 407 patients (24.6%) were COVID-positive. That number had not been updated as of 7 p.m. Friday.

“We have seen a dramatic increase in COVID-positive patients, and our hospitals and emergency departments are certainly feeling the strain of that rise,” FirstHealth Chief Medical Officer, Jenifir Bruno, M.D., said in a Thursday afternoon press release.

Statewide hospitalizations continue to rise, topping out at 2,483 on Thursday. (Hospital numbers from DHHS are a day behind.)

The Health Department has reported seven COVID-related deaths within the past week, including four in the past two days, for a total of 114.

Interim Health Director Cheryl Speight told the RO earlier this week that the department would not reveal if any of those who died were vaccinated. 

Speight also said she did not have an updated list of breakthrough cases — those that occur in patients who test positive two weeks after being fully vaccinated. As of July 23, there had been 28 such cases since July 1.

According to DHHS, 16,003 Richmond County residents are now fully vaccinated.

Vaccines are available at the Health Department Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Fridays from 8-11 a.m. There is no charge and no appointment necessary.

Seafoodie will be giving out free plates during a vaccine clinic Sunday afternoon at the Dobbins Heights Community Center.

Richmond Community College is also hosting a two-day clinic next week.