The Wilkes County Health Department reported that as of Monday, 6,942 Wilkes County residents had tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began. The total was 6,949 by Wednesday.

Also by Monday, Wilkes had 37 active COVID-19 cases, two Wilkes residents were hospitalized with the virus and 117 deaths of Wilkes residents were confirmed as resulting from COVID-19.

An additional COVID-19-related death was reported Wednesday, the last day of June. Three such deaths of Wilkes residents were reported in June, two in May, seven in April, one in March, 12 in February and 19 in January.

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported that as of Tuesday, 45 Wilkes residents per 100,000 people had tested positive in the last two weeks.

DHHS also reported that 32% (21,707 people) of Wilkes residents were fully vaccinated for COVID-19 as of Wednesday. Thirty-five% (23,681 people) of the county’s residents had received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Statewide, 53% of adults were fully vaccinated by Wednesday,

The Wilkes Health Department is continuing with “pop-up” vaccination clinics at scattered locations and is still vaccinating people at the health department building in Wilkesboro. Go to for more details or call 336-990-9950.

Among adjoining counties on Tuesday, 47% of Watauga residents were fully vaccinated, 35% of Caldwell residents, 33% of Alexander residents, 37% of Iredell residents, 35% of Yadkin residents, 38% of Surry residents, 45% of Alleghany residents and 41% of Ashe residents.

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