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9/24/21 COVID-19 info from Foothills Health District

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Friday September 24, 2021, 1:22 PM

McDowell County Emergency Management

Advisory: 9/24/2021: Latest press release from Foothills Health District.

September 24, 2021

The McDowell County Health Department has been notified that 47 additional McDowell County residents have tested positive for novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  This brings the total number of positives to 7,999 in McDowell County. There have been 58,997 tests conducted, 50,691 negative results and 307 tests are pending results.  Presently, there are 489 individuals in quarantine, 7,397 out of quarantine and 113 deaths.  McDowell County’s 14-day positivity rate is 21.5%.  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.
COVID-19 Outbreak and Cluster 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. Clusters are defined by DHHS as: a minimum of five confirmed diagnostic cases with illness onsets or initial positive results within a 14-day period and plausible epidemiologic linkage between cases. The current outbreaks and clusters in McDowell County are:

  • Autumn Care of Marion:  a total of 7 staff members and 10 residents have tested positive.
  • Deer Park Health & Rehabilitation: a total of 15 staff members and 4 residents have tested positive.
  • McDowell Assisted Living: a total of 5 staff members and 21 residents have tested positive.
  • McDowell County Detention Center: a total of 3 staff members and 16 inmates have tested positive. 3 staff members and 16 inmates have recovered from COVID-19.
  • Cedarbrook Residential Center:  a total of 6 staff members have tested positive.


  • Old Fort Elementary School: a total of 9 students and 2 staff
  • McDowell High School Cluster 1: a total of 11 students
  • McDowell High School Cluster 2: a total of 6 students
  • West McDowell Middle School: a total of 5 students
  • West Marion Elementary School: a total of 5 students

COVID-19 Testing Information:

  • Andor Labs is offering free COVID-19 testing today from 3pm to 5pm in the old Bank of America parking lot at 120 N. Main St in Marion.
  • McDowell County Health Department will be offering free COVID-19 testing on Monday, September 27th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Other COVID-19 testing locations include: primary care physician offices, local urgent care clinics, The Prescription Pad of Marion, and CVS pharmacy. If you cannot afford a COVID-19 test, you can call the McDowell County Health Department at 828-652-6811.

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, The Prescription Pad of Marion 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

  • Friday, September 24th from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the McDowell County Health Department.
  • Wednesday, September 29th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the McDowell County Health Department.
  • 3rd Dose Clinic for Immunocompromised Individuals:  call 828-803-4552 to make an appointment

McDowell County Vaccine Doses Administered

  • First Doses: 22,366 (56% of eligible residents)
  • Second Doses: 20,039 (50% of eligible residents)