COVID cases total more than 475
As of Monday afternoon, Stanly has 477 reported coronavirus cases, including 128 active cases, according to the county health department.
The death total has remained at five people for several weeks while 13 people are currently hospitalized, though not all of them are at Atrium Health Stanly. A total of 345 people have recovered from the virus.
The county has seen a 27 percent increase since last Monday, when there were 377 cases, and has seen a 308 percent increase since roughly a month ago on June 8, when the county only had 117 cases.
The coronavirus has rapidly spread not just in Stanly but across the state over the last month as more people have left their homes and as state guidelines have relaxed. The county’s three highest one-day case totals since the pandemic began several months ago occurred over the past few weeks — on June 22, 43 cases were reported, on June 27, there were 25 cases, and on July 3, 26 cases were reported, according to data compiled by the state’s Health and Human Services.
Much of the surge over the last several weeks has come from Albemarle Correctional Institution, where 96 inmates and 17 staff members have tested positive for the virus. The outbreak at ACI is the third largest outbreak among state prions behind only Neuse Correctional Institution, in Goldsboro, where more than 460 inmates have been diagnosed, and North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women, in Raleigh, where roughly 140 inmates have tested positive.
There have also been recent outbreaks at nursing home facilities including Stanly Manor, where two staff members have tested positive, and Trinity Place, where two staff members have tested positive. In all, there have been eight outbreaks, which are defined as two or more laboratory-confirmed cases.
At least 74,529 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus and 1,398 have died, according to data from the state’s Department of Health and Human Services. More than 1 million tests have been completed, with nine percent coming back positive. The state had its single highest one-day total on July 3, when 2,099 cases were reported.