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8/24/2021: COVID-19 info from Foothills Health District

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Monday August 23, 2021, 2:46 PM

McDowell County Emergency Management

Advisory: 8/24/2021: Latest press release from Foothills Health District.

August 24, 2021

The McDowell County Health Department has been notified that 37 additional McDowell County residents have tested positive for novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).   We are saddened to report 1 additional death.   This brings the total number of positives to 6,255 in McDowell County. There have been 51,654 tests conducted, 45,297 negative results and 102 tests are pending results.  Presently, there are 529 individuals in quarantine, 5,643 out of quarantine and 83 deaths.  McDowell County’s 14-day positivity rate is 25.2%.  McDowell County’s COVID-19 data dashboard is updated daily (Monday-Friday) and can be found by visiting www.mcdowellem.com or by clicking the following link: http://www.mcdowellem.com/covid-19-information.html.

“Unfortunately, we continue to see a record number of new cases and hospitalizations related to COVID-19,” states Emergency Services Director William Kehler.  “All of our data points continue to trend upward at an alarming rate. This surge is impacting our healthcare resources like never before, as McDowell County EMS is responding to more COVID-19 related calls now than at any other point during this pandemic.  By practicing the 3W’s in public and getting vaccinated, we can rapidly cut the rate of transmission within our community and protect our fragile healthcare system”.

COVID-19 Outbreaks Information:
Emergency Services and Public Health staff continue to offer assistance and logistical support to facilities that are experiencing current outbreaks of COVID-19. Outbreaks are defined by DHHS as:  two or more cases of COVID-19 in a congregate living facility within 28 days.  The current outbreaks in McDowell County are:

  • Autumn Care of Marion:  a total of 4 staff members and 9 residents have tested positive.
  • Deer Park Health & Rehabilitation: a total of 3 staff members and 3 residents have tested positive.
  • McDowell Assisted Living: a total of 2 staff members and 3 residents have tested positive.

COVID-19 Testing Information:
Citizens in need of a COVID-19 test are encouraged to call their primary care physician, local urgent care clinics or CVS pharmacy for testing. If you are uninsured or cannot afford a COVID-19 test, you can call the McDowell County Health Department at 828-652- 6811 to schedule a test.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
The COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center (828-803-4552) is staffed from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day, 7 days a week.  Please call the hotline if you have questions or would like to set up an appointment to get your vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccine is free and there are multiple vaccine locations around our county to choose from including: McDowell County Health Department, Ingles, Wal-Mart, CVS, Atrium Health Physician Practices and McDowell Family Pharmacy in Old Fort.
First dose vaccine appointments can also be booked online by visiting http://www.myspot.nc.gov.  Homebound citizens who want the vaccine but are unable to reach a vaccination site are encouraged to contact the Vaccine Call Center (828-803-4552) to have the vaccine delivered and administered at their home.
Upcoming Public Health COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

  • Wednesday, August 25th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the McDowell County Health Department
  • Friday, August 27th from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the McDowell County Health Department
  • 3rd Dose Clinic for Immunocompromised Individuals:  call 828-803-4552 to make an appointment

COVID Vaccine Summer Cards
From Aug. 4 through Aug. 31, anyone 18+ who gets their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at a participating location will receive a $100 Summer Card* in the form of a Prepaid Mastercard®, and anyone who drives someone to get their first dose will receive a $25 Summer Card.*while supplies last
McDowell County Vaccine Doses Administered

  • First Doses: 20,089 (44%)
  • Second Doses: 18,267 (40%)