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COVID-19 positivity rate jumps to 25%

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Following a confirmed COVID-19 case trend that has been scaling the mountain in recent weeks in Putnam County, Monday’s report from the North Central Health District, which oversees 13 counties including Putnam, reported a significant increase in the positivity rate of those tested to 25 percent, more than doubling previous rates.

The increase in positivity covers the period between Oct. 19 and Nov. 8. Consequently, Putnam County has recorded 64 new cases in the last two weeks including 29 new cases this week, bringing the sum total of those infected by the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 to 855.

Additionally, there have been 28 deaths in the county directly related to the virus with 73 being hospitalized.

According to the NCHD, the last week saw the highest number of people being tested since September while noting an increase now coming from jails and prisons.

Last week, Putnam saw a 23 percent increase and as a result, the NCHD has Putnam flagged as a substantial spread risk and an area of concern because of a three percent increase in positive COVID cases being handled by hospital emergency rooms.

Of those hospitalized throughout the NCHD region, 75 percent of those patients are being discharged while nine percent of those infected are healthcare workers.

The NCHD is not reporting any cases related to an outbreak area however they are reporting 45 percent of the deaths have been linked to a congregate (large) setting while 11 percent of the cases come from the same setting.