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    December 18, 2020
    COVID-19 Update
    774 New Cases and 2 Additional Deaths, Vaccination Planning Continues
    FAYETTEVILLE –The Department of Public Health reports 774 new COVID-19 cases and two additional deaths since the last report on Tuesday, Dec. 15. Cumberland has a total of 11,938 COVID-19 cases and 134 deaths.

    Cumberland County tested approximately 7,720 people for the week ending on Dec. 11 and currently has 315 cases per 100,000 residents in the last 7 days. The percentage of test returning positive is 12.1%. The daily average of positive cases in Cumberland County is 149.6.
    According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) COVID-19 dashboard, of the deaths in Cumberland County:
    • 80% were age 65 and older
    • 69% were male
    • 50% were African American
    • 3% were Hispanic
    • 76% were hospitalized
    • 84% had at least one comorbidity
    • 42% lived in a congregate living setting
    “This week marks the largest increase in positive COVID-19 cases in Cumberland since the onset of the pandemic,” said Health Director Dr. Jennifer Green. “Our public health and medical center are being stressed and we cannot sustain these increasing trends. ”

    The Health Department continues to partner with community agencies to offer COVID-19 testing. Several testing options are free and do not require appointments. Visit the 
    COVID-19 testing website to find testing locations and information.
    Due to Phase 1a of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout, there will be no Health Department test collection on Tuesday, Dec. 22 at Manna Church or Thursday, Dec. 29 at Second Missionary Baptist Church.
    Vaccination Information
    As cases of COVID-19 continue to climb in Cumberland County, a safe and effective vaccine will help defend us against the virus. Everyone who wants a vaccine will eventually get one, but that phased process is going to take months.

    Please do not arrive at the Health Department for a COVID-19 vaccine. Currently, the Health Department has not received any COVID-19 vaccines. Continue to monitor the COVID-19 Vaccine webpage for more information.

    The phases begin with the people who are at highest risk, as well as those who are vital to the COVID-19 response. Good examples are healthcare workers who face possible exposure to the virus every day or seniors in assisted living facilities who would develop serious health impacts if they contracted COVID-19.
    From January to June 2021, the vaccine supply will grow. With more doses, we can vaccinate more people. Realistically, most healthy middle-aged adults won’t get vaccinated until late spring or early summer of next year.

    NC DHHS is updating the rollout plan of the vaccine on its website, which includes a breakdown of the phases, so you can see where you might fall in the prioritization.

    Locally and statewide, we are in 
    Phase 1a of the vaccination process.

    We strongly encourage you to continue practicing the 3 Ws – Wear a face covering, Wash your hands and Wait six feet apart.

    Staying Updated
    Cumberland County has made it easy for you to stay updated on the latest information about COVID-19. You can visit our COVID-19 webpage, which has a list of COVID-19-related closures and service changes. The county is also sharing important information on its FacebookTwitter and Instagram accounts.

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    Jennifer Green, Public Health Director
    jgreen@co.cumberland.nc.us, (910) 433-6600