By | July 24, 2021

The McDowell County Health Department has been notified that 41 additional McDowell County residents have tested positive for novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) for the week of July 17th -July 23rd.  We are saddened to report 1 additional death due to COVID-19.

This brings the total number of positives to 5,274 in McDowell County. There have been 47,323 tests conducted, 42,047 negative results and 2 tests are pending results.  Presently, there are 44 individuals in quarantine, 5,152 out of quarantine and 78 deaths.  McDowell County’s 14-day positivity rate is 14.6%.  McDowell County’s COVID-19 data dashboard is updated daily (Monday-Friday) and can be found by visiting or by clicking the following link:  Due to recent increases in COVID-19 infections across McDowell County, press releases will now be sent on Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays, beginning Monday, July 26th.

McDowell County cases of COVID-19 have increased sharply this week and the trends are concerning.  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 or by calling the Vaccine Call Center at 828-803-4552.  The next Public Health COVID-19 vaccination clinic is to be held Wednesday, July 28th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.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.

“Outbreaks, like COVID-19, take much time to eradicate.  Even with the best precautions and a very effective vaccine, the virus is still prominent and is being transmitted from person to person.  We are watching the numbers begin to climb back up, with the trends in variants, and I expect this to continue.   The community needs to understand and remember that the COVID-19 pandemic is not over and we must continue to be precautious and vigilant to protect ourselves.  We are enjoying many more activities this summer than the last.   Families are traveling, kids are going to camp, and mass gatherings of friends and families are in full swing.  Yet, the COVID-19 virus is still out there and people are getting sick.  If you test positive for COVID-19, please follow the quarantine measures given to you by the Health Department.  It is critical that you and your household members stay home and away from others.  If you are not sure what the quarantine measures are, please call the Health Department and someone will talk those through with you.  The vaccine is imperative in our fight against COVID-19.  The Health Department offers all three brands of vaccine. Anyone that is 12 years of age or older should consider getting the vaccine immediately.  Please take care of your family, your friends, and your community.” stated Public Health Director Karen Powell.

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: 18,464
  • Second Doses: 17,424
  • Total Doses administered: 35,888