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LUMBERTON – Robeson County’s COVID-19 statistics have remained stable for the past seven days after three weeks of decline.

The Robeson County Health Department reported 204 new cases of the virus during the seven-day period from Oct.5 to Monday.

This is in comparison to the 199 cases reported from Sept. 28 to Oct. 4, although Department of Health director Bill Smith said last week that data for that period was incomplete due to staffing issues.

There were a total of 25,494 cases of the virus in Robeson County during the pandemic.

There were 10 virus-related deaths reported in the county between October 5 and Monday, compared to 12 reported from September 28 to October 4. Service statistics.

The county’s test positivity rate is 6.2% in the past 14 days and 5.87% in the past five days, Smith said.

“The target is 5% or less, so the county is very close to being up to standard,” Smith said. “All factors are developing positively, but deaths and hospitalizations for the unvaccinated are still very high.”

There were 54,301 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered in Robeson County, or 42% of the population; 47,652 people are considered to be fully vaccinated, or 36%.

“Vaccinations have dropped dramatically as the number of cases goes down,” Smith said. “The Department of Health will continue to offer vaccination clinics in the evenings and on Saturdays, as additional boosters will be available and children under 12 will be allowed to be vaccinated in the coming weeks. FDA and CDC clearances must be obtained prior to implementing these features. “

Community testing site remains operational at UNC Health Southeastern’s Health Mall on Dawn Drive; It is a free service.

As Halloween approaches in the coming weeks, Smith is discouraging mass door-to-door or treatment as the virus continues to spread.

“With the low vaccination rates in Robeson County, deceivers or healers are encouraged to only visit areas with which they are intimate and for people who hand out treats to do so only if they are vaccinated. and feel comfortable, ”Smith said. “Remember that costumed masks are not an infection prevention measure.”

UNC Health Southeastern on Tuesday reported 16 virus-positive patients isolated from its medical center; among them, 14 are not vaccinated. There are five patients infected with the virus in the intensive care unit and four on ventilators, all unvaccinated.

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke reported six active cases among its students on Monday evening, with three active cases among faculty and staff and five among contractors.

This includes five new student cases and three new cases among faculty and staff, and none among contractors, since October 4.

For the fall semester, there were 94 student cases in total, 34 among faculty and staff and 17 among contractors.

In the United States, the NCDHHS reported 23,094 new cases of the virus between October 6 and Tuesday, compared to 27,905 between September 29 and October 5. There have now been 1,436,699 total cases in North Carolina during the pandemic.

From October 6 to Tuesday, 421 new virus-related deaths were reported in the state, up from 527 from September 29 to October 5. The death toll from a pandemic in the state is now 17,233.

As of Tuesday, 2,236 virus-related hospitalizations were reported statewide. This is a decrease from the 2,705 reported on October 5.

As of Tuesday, 5,664,316 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered in North Carolina, or 58% of the population; 5,254,503 people are considered to be fully vaccinated, or 54%.

In other news related to the virus, the NCDHHS announced on Tuesday that it had expanded its vaccine data dashboard to provide more state-wide demographics for COVID-19 vaccinations. Users will be able to see vaccination rates by race for age groups and ethnicity for age group. The information will be displayed on a new tab named “Additional NC demographics” on the dashboard.

Demographics come from the North Carolina COVID-19 Vaccine Management System. Population data currently does not include information on doses administered by non-state providers, including the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, the United States Department of Defense, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and the Police Department. Indian health. Therefore, these data underestimate the actual number of doses administered to residents of North Carolina.

North Carolina is nationally recognized for the quality and transparency of its vaccine data dashboard. The “NC Additional Demographics” tab will provide additional information on race, age and ethnicity.

“North Carolina has made data transparency a priority so that we can hold ourselves and our partners accountable for ensuring that we are getting vaccines to communities hardest hit by the pandemic,” said Victor Armstrong , NCDHHS Health Equity Officer. “The new information highlights existing gaps and will help focus efforts so that we meet our collective goal of equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine. “

Dashboards are updated every afternoon of the week with the latest issues available that morning. For more information and to view the NCDHHS Vaccine Data Dashboard, visit

Residents of North Carolina can visit to find a vaccination point near them.


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