COVID-19 positivity rates

COVID-19 is rampant in the county and shows no sign of letting up. Montgomery County continues to rank at the very top in the state, with little variance each day, in regard to the number of positive tests’ results. And that daily number continues to increase, setting a new record on Monday, 45, for positive cases. On Saturday there were 29 new cases and three new cases on Sunday. 

The good news is vaccines are being given, though the rollout is slow. As of late yesterday afternoon the county was reporting 100 individuals had been vaccinated, with most of those being health care workers; however, that number does include at least some congregate care facility residents.

Montgomery County Health Director Mary Perez Baldwin said on Tuesday that staff who wished to take the vaccine were able to do so that day. It is not mandatory that they do so.

Perez is now hoping to move on to the individuals in Group 1a on Thursday and Friday. Perez said that the state is reporting private providers will be able to enroll next week in order to start vaccinating patients 75 and older.

On Sunday at least half of the staff at Autumn Care in Biscoe received their vaccine, as well as 85% of the residents. Others anticipate being a part of the second round of vaccines which will take place near the end of the month. No information was available regarding Sandy Ridge and the status of their vaccines.

Perez said her department did reach out to the nursing homes in the county. “Most nursing homes will receive vaccines from a major pharmacy; some facilities were advised to reach out to CVS for assistance and some advised us their corporate office was taking care of the arrangements.

“In the next few days we anticipate information on how to register to receive the vaccine at the health department   being available on the county website under the health department section for those who are 75 and older (Phase1b) as we are aware most 75 and older adults do not have the internet or an email address. We are making certain there will be no barriers to anyone receiving the vaccine if they meet the requirements.”

Currently the county is recording 2,023 cases of COVID-19 and 47 deaths.

Free testing will continue in the county throughout the month of January and possibly into February if the numbers remain high enough, according to Perez-Baldwin. The testing is held at the Ag Center on Glenn Road in Troy every day except Friday and Sunday. Monday hours are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Additionally, for those who have been told to quarantine and those who need financial assistance, True Worship Ministries on N.C. Highway 24/27 is taking applications as part of a grant program to provide financial assistance. Applications may be submitted Monday-Wednesday and on Fridays from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., 2125 NC Hwy 24/27, Biscoe.