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Wilson County reports 8 more virus deaths

Posted on September 27, 2021

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Hal Usher of Wilson Medical Center holds a vial of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine.

Drew C. Wilson | Times file photo

Hal Usher of Wilson Medical Center holds a vial of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine.

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County health officials say there have been eight more COVID-19 related deaths since Sept. 21. The overall death toll since the pandemic began stood at 210 on Monday.

Age ranges for decedents were in the mid-40s to late 70s, with the majority being unvaccinated, according to Jessica Williams, the Wilson County Health Department’s communications manager.

Wilson County’s average new daily case count is now 33, a decrease from 42.1 a week prior, The percentage of tests coming back positive also decreased and stood at 9.4% Monday, officials said. Last week’s percentage was 11.4%. There have been 12,431 positive cases here since the pandemic started, Williams said.

State data shows that 43% of Wilson County’s population has been fully vaccinated, while 47% have been partially vaccinated.

“While we are trending in a good direction, we need all eligible Wilson County citizens to get vaccinated as soon as possible,” said Wilson County Health Director Teresa Ellen. “This is making a difference. It is the best way to get control of this virus, to stay well and to stop future variants. Talk to your friends and family and encourage them to get their COVID-19 vaccinations.”

Wilson Medical Center had 20 patients hospitalized due to COVID-19 as of Monday morning.

WILSON COUNTY SCHOOLS

Wilson County Schools had 46 active cases as of Monday, a significant drop from the week prior, according to spokeswoman Amber Lynch. Among the 46 active cases, 42 patients are students and four are staff members, officials said. Schools also reported 106 active contacts: three staff members and 103 students.

There are two entire classes in remote learning: one at Winstead Elementary and one at New Hope Elementary. Those students will return to in-person learning Tuesday.

“We saw a decline in the number of positive cases and contacts last week compared with prior weeks,” Lynch said. “We were encouraged by that trend and hope to see it continue.”

VACCINE BOOSTER CLINIC 

The Wilson County Health Department is gearing up for its free drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination clinic from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the old Wilson Mall.

Booster shots of the Pfizer vaccine will be available for eligible patients. Those who qualify for a third-dose booster include people who are immunocompromised, age 65 and older, ages 18-64 with underlying health conditions and workers with an increased risk of occupational exposure.

The vaccines are available at no cost, and registration is not required. Eligible patients should enter the mall from Parkwood Boulevard West. Spanish interpreters will be available.

For more information, call the health department’s COVID-19 hotline at 252-360-0500.

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