Local government reported 47 new COVID cases have been confirmed since Thursday, bringing the total number of residents who have tested positive to 2,291.

The announcement came on the same day the health department reported that four county residents died from COVID over the weekend, bringing the total number of local deaths to 29.

Identifying information about patients isn’t disclosed, but the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services COVID dashboard does have some demographic information. According to the dashboard, the rolling seven day average for new cases jumped from six on Thursday to 9.29 on Monday, while the percent positive rate decreased from 6.7 to 6.1 percent.

The number of active cases also saw a significant decrease, going from 142 to 101 since Thursday. That number had stood well above 200 as recently as mid-October.

The Health Department will hold community testing events at 106 Hillcrest Drive every Tuesday through November from 9 to 11 a.m. by appointment only. To make an appointment, please call (984) 368-2112 Monday through Friday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. or 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.