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Update: Two more McDowell residents die of COVID-19, 47 more test positive
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Update: Two more McDowell residents die of COVID-19, 47 more test positive

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Update: Two more McDowell residents die of COVID-19, 47 more test positive

The McDowell County Health Department said Wednesday that 47 additional McDowell County residents had tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Health officials reported two additional deaths.

The latest report on Wednesday means there were a total of 3,753 positive cases in McDowell County. There have been 34,246 tests conducted, 30,076 negative results and 417 tests were pending results. At the time of Wednesday’s report, there were 584 individuals in quarantine, 3,118 out of quarantine and 51 deaths. McDowell County’s 14-day positivity rate is 25.3%, according to a news release.

Vaccinations are now underway for citizens 75 years of age and older by appointment only. Supplies remain limited at this time.

If you are 75 and older, and would like an appointment, please call the McDowell County Vaccine Call Center at 828-803-4552. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Health officials will notify the public once they begin moving to an additional vaccination phase. Emergency Services and Public Health staff continue to work seven days a week responding to this pandemic. Both agencies continue to offer assistance and logistical support to facilities that are experiencing current outbreaks of COVID-19, according to the news release.

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:

• Marion Correctional Institution: a total of 66 staff members and 115 inmates have tested positive.

• McDowell County Detention Center: a total of 28 inmates and four staff members have tested positive. Four staff members have recovered.

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• Autumn Care of Marion: a total of 36 staff and 66 residents have tested positive. A total of 60 residents and 34 staff members have recovered since testing positive for COVID-19. A total of six residents have died due to COVID-19.

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

• Cedarbrook Residential Center: a total of seven staff members and 34 residents have tested positive.

• Rose Hill Retirement Community: a total of seven staff members and 17 residents have tested positive.

• McDowell House: a total of three staff members have tested positive.

• Houston House: a total of two staff members and four residents have tested positive.

The McDowell County COVID-19 Hotline continues to operate seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The COVID-19 Hotline number is 828-527-6687. The Spanish line can be reached by calling 828-460-1256. If you are having a medical emergency, call 911 and inform the dispatcher that you have symptoms of COVID-19.

To view McDowell County’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard, go to  http://www.mcdowellem.com/covid-19-information.html

Free COVID-19 testing will be conducted at the following locations via a drive-thru setup:

• McDowell County Health Department; Wednesday, Jan. 20 from 9 to 11 a.m.

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