The Wilkes County Health Department reported that there were 516 active COVID-19 cases in the county as of Monday.

It marked the first time the health department has reported over 500 actives cases in Wilkes since Jan. 25, when the total was 519. The most since the pandemic started is 533 on Jan. 8.

Forty-two Wilkes residents were hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Monday, the most the health department has reported since the pandemic started but close to the last two reported totals — 40 on Sept. 14 and 38 on Sept. 7.

According to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, Wilkes County’s COVID-19 case total since the pandemic began was 9,780 as of Tuesday. As of Monday, 9,731 Wilkes residents had tested positive.

As of Tuesday, 1,112 Wilkes residents per 100,000 tested positive in the prior two weeks. This is a rate rather than an actual number. This rate is down slightly from what it has been in recent weeks.

Wilkes County’s vaccination rate remained 38% as of Tuesday, unchanged from what it has been since Sept. 10. That refers to 38% of all Wilkes residents.

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