Three more county residents have died of COVID-19, bringing the number of deaths from the virus to 86, according to a press release.

Two of them were between the ages of 50 and 64 and one was between 65 and 74. All three had other health problems. Two were hospitalized, and one was associated with the virus outbreak at Lenoir Healthcare.

So far this week, 272 new cases have been reported. There have been a total of 7,186 confirmed cases in the county, and 3,915 of those cases are considered active.

Currently, the Caldwell County Health Department is vaccinating about 120 people ages 75 and older daily, Monday through Friday, the press release said. Next week, the health department staff plans to grow that to 240 people a day.

To be certain people are vaccinated in their assigned phase, the department has a waiting list. Sign up for the waiting list any time online at People 75 and older can sign up by calling 828-426-8486 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Reporter Kara Fohner can be reached at 828-610-8721.

Reporter Kara Fohner can be reached at 828-610-8721.