UNION COUNTY — There have been 5,556 cumulative cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout the county, as of Saturday (Oct. 17), according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) COVID-19 Dashboard. Cumulative cases indicate both those who have tested positive and those who have come out of an isolation period.

Thirty new COVID cases were reported in Union County on Saturday, according to NCDHHS.

There have been 62 virus-related deaths in the county, according to NCDHHS. Union County Government reported the first virus-related death just over seven months ago, on April 9.

Union County Government reports 3,733 residents who have tested positive for the virus are no longer being monitored, as of Wednesday (Oct. 14). This number includes individuals who have tested positive and are no longer being monitored based on state criteria. The figures also includes individuals in Union County's death totals.

The United States Census Bureau estimates there are 239,859 people living in Union County as of July 1, 2019, which means roughly 2.32% of the County’s population has tested positive for coronavirus; the death rate for the virus from within the County is at 1.12%.

Across the state, NCDHHS reported 2,102 new cases on Saturday. There have been 243,725 total confirmed cases and 3,929 virus-related deaths in 2020, according to data from the NCDHHS COVID-19 Dashboard.

Union County Government offers a local coronavirus hotline (704) 292-2550, which is available Monday — Friday from 8:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.