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Lenoir County sees 288% jump in new confirmed COVID cases

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The percent of Lenoir County residents who tested positive for COVID-19 has jumped 9% in the past week and is currently at 19.7%. The Lenoir County Health Department reported 451 new confirmed cases in the last week, an increase of 288% since Dec. 29. According to a news release, 18 people who tested positive for COVID are currently hospitalized at UNC Lenoir Health Care, 14 of which are unvaccinated and four fully vaccinated. Three unvaccinated patients are in Intensive Care Units. Two are on ventilators. The number of COVID related deaths remains at 170, unchanged since Nov. 30. Lenoir County’s vaccination rate increased slightly in the past week.  57% of county residents are now partially vaccinated and 53% are fully vaccinated.