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Posted on: August 24, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Media Release COVID-19 - August 24, 2021

For Immediate Release


COVID-19 Information

Phone: 980-432-1800

Vaccine Information

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Rowan County COVID-19 Case Information:

Rowan County’s Active COVID Cases and Positivity Rate Continue to Soar

Rowan County continues to see our active COVID-19 cases rapidly soaring. Just in the past two weeks, we have had 1,563 new cases reported, and we now have an 20.1% positivity rate. With more people getting sick and with Delta variant being even more contagious then previous variants, it is no surprise that within the Triad Healthcare Preparedness Coalition (THPC), which Rowan County is a part of, that we are seeing an increase in the number of hospitalizations and those admitted into ICU. As of this past Sunday, the THPC reported 773 adult hospitalizations due to COVID; and of those, 206 of these individuals were admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Of all the hospital regions within North Carolina, the THPC has the highest  COVID-19 admissions, the highest COVID-19 ICU admissions, and the most ventilators in use for COVID-19 patients at this time.

With our numbers accelerating and the severity of the virus continuing to increase, Rowan County Public Health cannot emphasize enough the importance of getting vaccinated, which is the best way to protect yourself and those you come in contact with. With that said, you can use the CDC’s vaccine finder to help locate a number of local agencies/businesses that are also offering COVID vaccines within Rowan County, such as:

  • Novant Health at the J. F. Hurley YMCA; Walk-ins are accepted Wednesdays and Fridays; 8 am – 5 pm 
  • Larger chain pharmacies: CVS and Walgreens
  • Grocery Stores: Walmart, Food Lion (Salisbury and China Grove), Sam’s Club
  • Local pharmacies: Moose Pharmacy, The Medicine Shoppe, and Cannon Pharmacy
  • Provider offices: Rowan County Public Health, Rowan Diagnostic Clinic, Pro Med, and Salisbury Pediatric (only for established patients) 

To find out more information about which vaccines are being offered and when they are being offered, please contact the agency/business directly. It is important to know that when seeking out a COVID vaccine for your child, any child younger than 12 is not currently eligible to receive a vaccine. However, if your child is 12 years old and older, they can receive the following vaccines based on their age:

  • Pfizer Vaccine (ages 12-15)
  • Comirnaty (age 16+)
  • Moderna Vaccine (age 18+)
  • Johnson and Johnson (age 18+) 

In closing, please note that Rowan County Public Health  is currently offering the Summer Cash Cards for anyone coming in for their first COVID-19 Vaccination. If you and/or your child still need to receive your COVID-19 vaccine, please feel free to call 704-216-8837 to make an appointment. Appointments are available for this service on Monday afternoons and Thursday mornings.



PIO Contact:
Amy Smith

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