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104 more McDowell residents test positive for COVID, two additional deaths

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Update: 104 more McDowell residents test positive for COVID, two additional deaths

On Friday, the McDowell County Health Department reported 104 additional McDowell County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and two more people have died.

This brings the total number of positives to 7,319 in McDowell County. There have been 55,846 tests conducted, 48,218 negative results and 309 tests are pending results. Presently, there are 729 individuals in quarantine, 6,495 out of quarantine and 95 deaths. McDowell County’s 14-day positivity rate is 25.6%, according to a news release.

The latest report also means that McDowell County reported 405 more positive cases and five more deaths in one week. On Friday, Sept. 3, the total number was 6,914 and 90 people had died.

McDowell County’s COVID-19 data dashboard is updated daily (Monday-Friday) and can be found by visiting or by clicking the following link:

COVID-19 outbreak and cluster information:

Emergency Services and Public Health staff continue to offer assistance and logistical support to facilities that are experiencing current outbreaks of COVID-19. Outbreaks are defined by DHHS as: two or more cases of COVID-19 in a congregate living facility within 28 days. Clusters are defined by DHHS as: a minimum of five confirmed diagnostic cases with illness onsets or initial positive results within a 14-day period and plausible epidemiologic linkage between cases.

The current outbreaks and clusters in McDowell County are:


• Autumn Care of Marion: a total of six staff members and 10 residents have tested positive.

• Deer Park Health & Rehabilitation: a total of eight staff members and three residents have tested positive.

• McDowell Assisted Living: a total of four staff members and 19 residents have tested positive.

• McDowell County Detention Center: a total of three staff members and 16 inmates have tested positive. Two staff members and 14 inmates have recovered from COVID-19.

• Cedarbrook Residential Center: a total of four staff members have tested positive.


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• Old Fort Elementary School: a total of nine students and two staff members

• McDowell High School Cluster 1: a total of 11 students

• McDowell High School Cluster 2: a total of six students

COVID-19 testing information:

• Andor Laboratories is offering free COVID-19 testing each weekday, Monday-Friday, from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Roses parking lot at 600 N. Main St.

• Free COVID-19 testing Monday, Sept. 13 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the McDowell County Health Department.

• Other COVID-19 testing locations include: primary care physician offices, local urgent care clinics, The Prescription Pad of Marion, and CVS pharmacy.

COVID-19 vaccine information:

The COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center (828-803-4552) is staffed from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, seven days a week. Please call the hotline if you have questions or would like to set up an appointment to get your vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccine is free and there are multiple vaccine locations around our county to choose from including: McDowell County Health Department, Ingles, Walmart, CVS, Atrium Health Physician Practices, The Prescription Pad of Marion and McDowell Family Pharmacy in Old Fort. First dose vaccine appointments can also be booked online by visiting Homebound citizens who want the vaccine but are unable to reach a vaccination site are encouraged to contact the Vaccine Call Center (828-803-4552) to have the vaccine delivered and administered at their home.

Upcoming public health COVID-19 vaccination clinics:

• Wednesday, Sept. 15 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the McDowell County Health Department.

• Third dose clinic for immunocompromised individuals: call 828-803-4552 to make an appointment.

McDowell County vaccine doses administered:

First doses: 21,589 (47%)

Second doses: 19,119 (42%)

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