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Vaccines rolling out; COVID cases, hospitalizations on the rise

By Mike Barnhardt

Enterprise Record

The number of Davie residents to contract COVID-19 is increasing, as is the number of residents in the hospital.

And Davie County is again listed as a “Code Red” county by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, meaning there is critical spread of the virus here.

In a report released Monday by the Davie County Health Department, 348 county residents have the virus, with nine of those receiving treatment in a hospital.

Since the pandemic began, 2,353 residents have had the virus, with 1,980 meeting criteria as “recovered.” A total of 25 county residents have died after contracting the virus, the report said.

Vaccinations are being administered at specially announced drive-thru clinics at the health department. A third clinic was scheduled for Wednesday, this one for those age 75 and older.

Initial doses went to frontline healthcare workers and long-term care facilities, said Suzanne Wright, county health director.

“Supplies will be limited at first. Independent state and federal public health advosiry committees have determined that the best way to fight COVID-19 is to start first with vaccinations for those most at risk, reaching more people as the vaccine supply increases from January to June,” she said.

More clinics will be scheduled as the vaccine becomes available, Wright said. To stay up-to-date on the schedule, follow Davie County Government on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DavieCountyGovernment.

The new year is starting with continued free testing with a few changes.

All testing will be held at the Davie County Community Park, 151 Southwood Drive in Mocksville. Testing will be available Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be no testing on Jan. 18 due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Pre-register online at https://buff.ly/2A36Xw1 or by calling (877) 562-4850. For more information, call 336-753-6540.