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50 more McDowell residents test positive for COVID-19, another death

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The McDowell County Health Department reported Monday that 50 additional McDowell County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and another person has died.

At the time of Tuesday’s report, there were 634 individuals in quarantine, 9,273 out of quarantine and 150 deaths. McDowell County’s 14-day positivity rate is 20.7%, according to a news release.

The latest report means McDowell County’s positivity rate has increased by 7.7 points within just a week, from 12.7% on Monday, Jan. 3 to 20.4% on Monday, Jan. 10.

Due to recent increases in positive cases, Foothills Health District press releases have transitioned back to daily, Monday through Friday. Additional information can be found on McDowell County’s COVID-19 data dashboard and can be viewed by clicking the following link: http://www.mcdowellem.com/covid-19-information.html

COVID-19 testing information:

Upcoming testing locations and hours can be found by visiting: http://www.mcdowellem.com/testing-and-vaccinations.html

McDowell County COVID-19 testing providers:

• Andor Labs: 1155 N. Main St. Marion (on the left side of the Lady Marian Plaza)

• CVS Pharmacy: 828-652-4343, 555 N. Main St., Marion

• Prescription Pad of Marion: 828-659-9727, 1211 N. Main St., Marion

• McDowell Medical Associates: 828-652-8727, 2293 Sugar Hill Road, Marion

• Mission My Care Now: 828-652-1400, 430 Rankin Drive, Marion

• Lake James Urgent Care: 828-707-7272

COVID-19 vaccine information:

Upcoming vaccination locations and hours can be found by visiting: http://www.mcdowellem.com/testing-and-vaccinations.html

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. Vaccine appointments can also be booked online by visiting https://takemyshot.nc.gov/. 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.

McDowell County COVID-19 vaccination providers:

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• CVS Pharmacy: 828-652-4343, 555 N. Main St., Marion

• Prescription Pad of Marion: 828-659-9727, 1211 N. Main St., Marion

• Ingles Pharmacy: 828-652-7105, 625 W. Henderson St., Marion

• Walmart Pharmacy: 828-652-1498, 2875 Sugar Hill Road, Marion

• McDowell County Health Department: 828-803-4552

Upcoming public health COVID-19 vaccination clinics:

• Friday, Jan. 14 from noon to 2 p.m. at the McDowell County Health Department. To make an

appointment, call the Vaccine Call Center at 828-803-4552.

McDowell County Vaccine Doses Administered:

• First doses: 24,673 (57% of residents ages 5 and older)

• Second doses: 23,092 (53% of residents ages 5 and older)

COVID-19 outbreak 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. The current outbreaks in McDowell County are:

Outbreaks

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

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

• Cedarbrook Residential: a total of 11 staff members and two residents have tested positive.

• Marion Correctional Institute: a total of eight staff members and 25 inmates have tested positive.

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