Nine cases are all that separate Montgomery and Duplin counties for the top two spots in the state for the number of COVID-19 cases on a per capita basis. Montgomery’s cases have continued to rise at a much higher rate than Duplin’s rate, which has dropped to only 1-2 new cases per week.

Montgomery County is one of fi ve counties, with Montgomery at the very top with 17.7%, in the state showing a positivity rate of over 15% on those being tested. The other counties include Bertie at 17.6%, Pamlico at 15.7%, Robeson at 15.4% and Avery at 15.3%.

With no new data available from the Health Department since September 1, it is unclear what the latest numbers are; however, it is clear that the state is dealing with old numbers in their postings so it is likely the county has surpassed Duplin County in the number of cases on a per capita basis.

Granville and Sampson counties have seen a slowdown in the number of cases they are seeing; however, they continue to rank in the top five for cases on a per capita basis. Public health officials locally and across the state are weary from preaching about the importance of wearing a mask and the inability to enforce what is a state mandate. Large gatherings at the soccer fields in Biscoe continue every weekend, as well as private events in all areas of the county.

The outbreak at Autumn Care jumped significantly since last week, going from 14 staff members testing positive to 25 and from 19 residents to 44 testing positive. The number of deaths among residents remains at 3. Some of these staff and the residents have recovered from the virus; however, the state only reports a running total.

At Sandy Ridge, the number of staff testing positive remains at 11; however, the number of residents testing positive has jumped from 23 to 39. One death has occurred at the facility.

Nine individuals have tested positive at Southern Correctional Institute, and the state continues to move inmates in and out of facilities.