What has happened in Polk County since the coronavirus pandemic began?
Since April 2, 2020, in Polk there have been:
What has happened recently in Polk County?
In the last 7 days, in Polk there have been:
CORONAVIRUS IN Polk COUNTY & NC COMPARISONS:
- Polk County has had 624.2 cases per 10,000 residents.
- North Carolina has had 824.5 cases per 10,000 residents.
- Polk County has had 4.6 cases per 10,000 residents
- North Carolina has an average of 13.1 cases per 10,000 residents.
CLUSTERS AND OUTBREAKS of coronavirus in Polk COUNTY
Coronavirus Outbreaks in Congregate Living Settings
Polk County had 3 COVID-19 ongoing outbreaks associated with congregate living settings as of 12/15/2020. NC DHHS has four congregate living categories: nursing home, residential care facility, correctional facility, and other.
- Nursing Home: 50 cases, 0 deaths
- Residential Care Facility: 0 cases, 0 deaths
- Correctional Facility*: 0 cases, 0 deaths
- Other: 0 cases, 0 deaths
*Not all correctional facilities included by NC DHHS.
Outbreaks are defined as two or more positive cases in a congregate setting identified through a positive molecular (PCR) or positive antigen test result. This list may not be comprehensive of all congregate living-linked outbreaks as NC DHHS does not report on facilities with less than 10 residents. Data on ongoing outbreaks is updated here on every Tuesday and Friday.
Coronavirus Clusters in Child Care Centers and School Settings
Polk County had 0 clusters associated with child care or school settings as of 12/15/2020. Data on ongoing clusters is updated here every Monday.
Clusters are defined as a minimum of five positive cases within 14 days with plausible epidemiologic linkage between cases.
IMPACT OF CORONAVIRUS ON Polk COUNTY
Child Care Centers
In March 2020, prior to COVID-19, Polk County had 5 licensed child care facilities serving 167 children. As of 10/13/2020:
- 0.0% of facilities were open (0)
- 0.0% of 0 available slots were being utilized
5.5% in September 2020 vs. 3.4% in September 2019.
pre-pandemic DEMOGRAPHIC AND HEALTH CONTEXT in Polk COUNTY
The characteristics below are factors that may be related to SARS-CoV-2 transmission, increase the risk of severe COVID-19, and/or make individuals vulnerable to the economic and social impacts of the pandemic.
Among Polk County households:
- 2.5% live in crowded housing, meaning they have more than one person per room;
- 3.2% have grandparents living with grandchildren under age 18; and
- 35.6% of county renters are cost burdened, meaning they spend 30% or more of their monthly income on housing.
Among Polk County residents:
- 16.4% of individuals ages 18-64 do not have health insurance;
- 13.8% of adults smoke;
- 33.3% of adults age 20 and older are obese; and
- 15.2% of adults age 20 and older have been diagnosed with diabetes.
67.4% of county residents work in another county while 61.0% of Polk’s jobs are filled by individuals from outside Polk.
- Visit the UNC Gillings COVID-19 Dashboard for more about coronavirus in NC.
- Interact with our visualization to see NC coronavirus cases over time.
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COVID-19 Test data provided NC DHHS, Division of Public Health. The findings and conclusions in this county profile are those of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and do not necessarily represent the views of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health.
Data on ongoing congregate living outbreaks and ongoing clusters in child care and school settings was obtained from NC DHHS public reports available here. Information on open child care facilities and their prior and current capacity was provided by the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education. County economic, demographic, and health indicators were derived from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Local Area Unemployment Statistics (accessed via NC Commerce), the 2018 5-Year American Community Survey, the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 Small Area Health Insurance Estimates Program, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation County Health Rankings, and the 2017 LEHD Origin-Destination Employment Statistics.