BOONE — Watauga Medical Center has hospitalized 14 COVID-19 patients, 11 of whom were unvaccinated on Dec. 6.
According to ARHS Senior Vice President for System Advancement Rob Hudspeth, the hospital reported two COVID-19-related deaths on Dec. 4.
The number of COVID-19 hospitalized patients has risen from November 23, when five patients — four unvaccinated — were hospitalized due to COVID-19.
According to AppHealthCare, 6,230 people have had COVID-19 in Watauga County as of Dec. 6. Seventy-five residents of Watauga County are active with COVID-19, and 28 people must be quarantined as of December 6. Forty residents of Watauga County have died from COVID-19.
According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, 32,867 — 59 percent of the population — people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 30,860 — 55 percent of the population — have been fully vaccinated.