Nash County Heath Director Bill Hill on Tuesday had more encouraging news about COVID-19 cases in the county during the weekly meeting of the Nash County COVID Response Team.

“We have good numbers again. We are reporting only 27 new cases for an entire week. That is a new low number. In fact, we have no new cases reported from Saturday through this morning,” Hill said.

Combined with last week’s low numbers, Hill said the data suggests a strong trend.

“These 27 cases do represent a good declining trend of COVID cases,” Hill said. “I hope to goodness we can increase our number of vaccinations because I am crediting a lot of that with coming to a dead end on this virus.”

Cases continue to skew to younger ages than in the past. Six of the recent cases were reported in adults 60 years of age and older, Hill said. Another six were reported among people in their 20s. Four cases were reported in children between the ages of 5 and 9 and another four were reported in teens between the ages of 15 to 19.

The 27 recent cases bring the cumulative total of confirmed COVID cases in Nash County to 11,357. That number represents roughly 12 percent of the Nash County population who have tested positive since the pandemic began.

Another 35,495 Nash County residents have already been fully vaccinated against COVID, according to data presented by the Nash County Health Department. That represents another 38 percent of the Nash County population and means that at least half of Nash County residents have either been fully vaccinated or have tested positive for COVID since the pandemic began.

Hill said he had more good news to report concerning the COVID data.

“We have had no new deaths last week. We are still at 192,” Hill said.

COVID-related hospitalizations also continue to remain low, Hill said.

“Currently, we are looking at six in-patients at Nash UNC Health Care,” he said. “One of those six is in critical care and none are on a ventilator.

“We are seeing some promising numbers that will hopefully bring us soon to the end of this pandemic at some point in time,” Hill said. “Hopefully by July 4, we will continue to see reduced numbers of COVID and will see an increase in more vaccinations.”

A walk-in COVID clinic will be held from 4-6 p.m. Thursday at Samaria Baptist Church in Middlesex, Hill said. This clinic is in addition to other vaccination efforts throughout the county. For more information about scheduling a free COVID vaccination through the Nash County Health Department, call the hotline number at 252-462-2079.

Edgecombe County also is reporting vastly improved numbers, according to data provided by the state Department of Health and Human Services.

The state is reporting a cumulative total of 5,676 cases of COVID confirmed among Edgecombe County residents. That number is only 34 more than the number that was reported more than 10 days ago and indicates that roughly 11 percent of Edgecombe County residents have tested positive for COVID at some time during the pandemic.

Roughly 15,442, or 30 percent of, Edgecombe County residents have been fully vaccinated, according to state data.

The COVID-related death toll in Edgecombe County has risen by two since the last report. That total is now 118 Edgecombe County residents who have lost their lives to the virus, Edgecombe County Health Director Karen Lachapelle said Tuesday.