UPDATED: More than 3,000 Rowan residents received vaccination this week

Published 6:28 pm Friday, March 19, 2021

SALISBURY — The number of COVID-19 vaccinations administered locally this week increased by more than 3,000, with a majority being first doses.

Friday’s data update from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services showed 19,871 first doses administered to Rowan County residents, an increase of 1,794 from the week prior. The state doesn’t update vaccination numbers on the weekends.

The first doses, also referred to as partial vaccinations, mean at least 14% of the county’s residents have received a first shot. Because state data does not include the Salisbury VA or the federal government’s program in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, it’s possible the actual number is somewhat higher. The Salisbury VA says it has administered 23,800 first doses, but the number includes its Kernersville and Charlotte locations and people who live elsewhere.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 147,807 first doses and 74,349 second doses have been administered in North Carolina long-term care facilities, but it does not provide a breakdown by county.

State data show the number of people fully vaccinated in Rowan County is 13,667 — an increase of 1,287 in a week and 9.6% of the population. An estimated 43% of people 75 and older and 39% of those 65 to 74 are fully vaccinated. Other local age groups are in the single digits. A higher percentage of women than men are fully vaccinated.

Despite recent progress, Rowan County continues to lag behind state averages for vaccination metrics and, with Cabarrus County, remains among the worst in the state for percent of population receiving at least one shot.

The county also finds itself below average for number of positives per capita in the previous two weeks — 261 per 100,000 residents. Neighboring Davie and Stanly counties are among those faring worse than Rowan for new positives per capita in the previous 14 days.

Between Friday and Saturday, there were 52 total positives reported, bringing the total number of positives since the start of the pandemic to 15,406. The only death reported this week came on Saturday, making the total 120 in 2021 and 292 since the start of the pandemic.

Congregate living outbreaks still considered active are as follows:

• Brightmoor Nursing Center, 12 positives.

• Compass Assisted Living Rowan, 50 positives and eight deaths.

• Rowan County Jail, 27 positives.

A cluster of eight cases at Corriher-Lipe Middle School on Friday was declared over the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

COVID-19 hospitalizations on Saturday in Rowan County’s region, which includes all or part of 18 counties, was 222, with 31 admitted in the previous 24 hours.

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Josh Bergeron is editor of the Salisbury Post. Email him at josh.bergeron@salisburypost.com.

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