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Lenoir County sees 288% jump in new confirmed COVID cases

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.

Jared Brumbaugh is the Assistant General Manager for Public Radio East. An Eastern North Carolina native, Jared began his professional public radio career at Public Radio East while he was a student at Craven Community College earning his degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. During his 15+ years at Public Radio East, he has served as an award-winning journalist, producer, and on-air host. When not at the station, Jared enjoys hiking, traveling, and honing his culinary skills.