Wilkes County had a 10.16% positivity rate on COVID-19 testing for the period Nov. 6-12, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

That meant 10.16% of Wilkes residents tested for COVID-19 in that period tested positive. The goal of federal and state public health officials is 5%. Wilkes County’s positivity rate was around 6% earlier this month.

Wilkes had 149 active COVID-19 cases, including eight hospitalized, as of Friday, according to the Wilkes County Health Department. Wilkes had 137 active COVID-19 cases on Nov. 3; 113 active cases on Oct. 27; and 223 on Oct. 7.

By Friday, 10,718 Wilkes residents had tested positive since the pandemic began. That number increased to 10,827 on Monday.

Also by Monday, Wilkes had 187 confirmed COVID-9-related deaths and 44% of Wilkes residents were fully vaccinated. That percentage has remained unchanged for several weeks.

The number of new cases in Wilkes in the seven-day period ending Tuesday is 17.65% higher than the prior seven-day period. The number of Wilkes COVID-19 deaths increased 50% in the same period.

Wilkes County was in the red (worst level) for COVID-19 transmission, with a rate of 147.17 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in the period Nov. 8-14.

The CDC recommends that everyone wear masks in public, indoor settings in counties in the red.

Red indicates a rate of 100 or more new cases per 100,000 people in the prior week. The next level down is orange (substantial transmission), with 50-99.9 new cases per 100,000 people in the prior week. That is followed by yellow (moderate transmission) with 10 to 49.9 new cases. The lease severe is blue (low transmission), with fewer than 10 new cases.

About 60 North Carolina counties were red as of Tuesday, including all counties adjoining Wilkes. Eight counties were yellow, in the far western and far eastern ends. The others were orange.

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