Reports from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) indicate a rise in COVID-19 cases in Wilkes County.

On Tuesday, DHHS reported a rate of 79 new confirmed COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in the prior two weeks for Wilkes County. That’s up from 34 per 100,000 on July 9 and 44 per 100,000 on July 10.

Among counties adjoining Wilkes, Surry had the highest rate Tuesday with 130 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people. Watauga County had the fewest with 30 per 100,000.

Per 100,000 refers to dividing the number of actual confirmed cases by the county population and then multiplying by 100,000. This is done to come up with rates that more accurately compare the situation in counties with widely differing populations.

Statewide, COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations for COVID climbed to new highs for the summer of 2021 this week. No recent COVID hospitalization figures are available for Wilkes from the Wilkes County Health Department.

As of Tuesday, 7,010 Wilkes residents had tested positive for COVID-19 and 117 had died from the virus since the pandemic began in March 2020. That’s up from 6,961 on July 9.

Also as of Tuesday, 22,435 Wilkes residents were fully vaccinated for COVID-19. That’s 33% of the county’s population. Thirty-six percent of Wilkes residents (24,399) have received at least one dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.

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