August 2, 2021
The McDowell County Health Department has been notified that 28 additional McDowell County residents have tested positive for novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
This brings the total number of positives to 5,403 in McDowell County. There have been 47,933 tests conducted, 42,521 negative results and 9 tests are pending results. Presently, there are 134 individuals in quarantine, 5,191 out of quarantine and 78 deaths. McDowell County’s 14-day positivity rate is 22.9%. McDowell County’s COVID-19 data dashboard is updated daily (Monday-Friday) and can be found by visiting www.mcdowellem.com or by clicking the following link: http://www.mcdowellem.com/covid-19-information.html. Due to dramatic increases in COVID-19 infections across McDowell County, press releases have been transitioned back to Monday-Friday.
McDowell County continues to see widespread community transmission of COVID-19. The vast majority of these cases are in people who are not fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated people are very vulnerable to the more contagious and dangerous Delta variant of COVID-19 that is spreading across North Carolina. If you are not vaccinated, we strongly encourage you to get your vaccine as soon as possible. The COVID-19 vaccine is free and there are multiple vaccine locations around our county to choose from including: McDowell County Health Department, Ingles, Wal-Mart, CVS, Atrium Health Physician Practices and McDowell Family Pharmacy in Old Fort. First dose vaccine appointments can be booked online by visiting http://www.myspot.nc.gov or by calling the Vaccine Call Center at 828-803-4552. The next Public Health COVID-19 vaccination clinic is to be held Wednesday, August 4th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the McDowell County Health Department. This clinic is open for anyone 12 years old and older. Walk-ins are welcome and no appointment is needed. 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) for further assistance. In partnership with the Community Paramedic Program, homebound citizens can have the vaccine delivered and administered at their home.
Citizens in need of a COVID-19 test are encouraged to call their primary care physician or CVS pharmacy for testing. If you are uninsured or cannot afford a COVID-19 test, you can call the McDowell County Health Department at 828-652-6811 to schedule a test.
McDowell County Vaccine Doses Administered:
First Doses: 18,874
Second Doses: 17,618
Total Doses administered: 36,492