Monthly Cases for Moore County, March 2021

Moore County saw 426 new cases of COVID-19 in March, the fewest reported since September. 

Nearly twice as many infections were recorded in February by the Moore County Health Department. The agency confirmed a record 2,103 cases in January. 

Despite the drop in cases, the positivity rate for coronavirus testing in Moore County remains higher than the statewide average, which stood at 4.4 percent on Thursday. The county’s rate was 5.8 percent.

A total of 8,411 cases have been linked to the county since the pandemic started over a year ago. At least 188 residents have died of complications from COVID-19, according to the health department.

Data from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services show that 23,657 residents, or about 23.5 percent of the county’s population, are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. An additional 7,131 residents were reported to be partially vaccinated as of Thursday.

Both the local health department and FirstHealth of the Carolinas are now offering shots to all residents who are at least 18 years old. Individuals aged 16 to 17 are also eligible for vaccination, but they must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Most counties are still vaccinating people in Groups 1 through 4B — the only groups currently eligible under the statewide guidelines set by DHHS. Moore County has jumped ahead to Group 5, a population that basically includes any resident who wants to get vaccinated. Under the state’s plan, people in Group 5 will not be universally eligible for shots until Wednesday.

The Moore County Health Department is administering the vaccine by appointment at its office and at the neighboring Agricultural Center building in Carthage. In order to receive an appointment, residents must call (910) 947-7468 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays or from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The hotline is not staffed on Mondays or weekends.

FirstHealth of the Carolinas is holding twice-a-week vaccination clinics at the Fair Barn in Pinehurst. Appointments must be scheduled online at

Pinehurst Medical Clinic, Seven Lakes Prescription Shoppe, Walgreens and Harris Teeter are all receiving limited shipments of vaccine. Individuals should call these businesses for information.

While all of the currently available vaccines are proven to be effective when it comes to preventing illness, a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that the two-dose products developed by Pfizer and Moderna are also 90-percent effective in preventing infections.

Earlier this week, Gov. Roy Cooper signed executive orders that extend both the statewide moratorium on evictions and the expedited processing of unemployment insurance claims until at least June 30. Another order signed by Cooper allows businesses to continue delivering mixed drinks to customers for off-site consumption until April 30.

The Moore County Board of Health, the entity that oversees the local health department, will discuss the county’s response to the virus during its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday. Members of the public can watch the meeting, which will be conducted remotely, live at using the meeting number 1295850129 and the password BOH4521.

On Tuesday, the health department is scheduled to give a coronavirus-related presentation to the Moore County Board of Commissioners. A live-stream of that meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. here.

(13) comments

Dusty Rhoades

How did this turn into a conversation about Iraq? "The virus is a hoax because Bush lied about WMDs" is the dumbest thing I've heard this month/

ken leary

Well, the ex-CIA guy deigns to address me, albeit with childish insults. What could anybody expect from a person who feels threatened by objective evidence to the point where denial is the only safe haven. Perhaps Jim can explain why we trashed countries which in actuality had nothing to do with 9/11; why we heard incessantly about WMDs which Bush joked about not finding; how about those aluminum tubes; not to mention police actions which have gone on for twenty years and murdered vast numbers of people. Heard about Douma Jim? How do you justify that CIA guy? What was and is the desired result? Regarding your research of CRG, I don’t care. It is not a source I had heard of, it needed someone like you to point it out to me.

Jim Tomashoff

As I said, you're foolish and just as into conspiracy theories on the leftt and Kent is on the right. You want to know why we "trashed countries which ...had nothing to do with 9/11. Try reading. I suggest "Hubris," "Plan of Attack," and "One Percent Doctrine." Why did we incessantly hear about WMDs? Because we thought Saddam still had chemical and biological weapons that we and the UN did not find after the first Gulf War. We thought that, in part, because Saddam wanted us, and all of his neighbors, to think he still had some as a way to deter his enemies from any further attacks. I worked for three years beside David Kay, You should learn about him. As honest a man as I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. And you don't care about CRG's political biases because you were not familiar with it. So therefore it has no impact on your thinking? You don't provide objective evidence any more than Kent does. Which is to say, nearly not at all.

ken leary

Just for context, didn’t the USA give the Iraq government chemical weapons, which they eventually used on one faction of the Kurds during our support for their war with Iran? It was well known that Saddam did not have chemical or biological weapons at the time we invaded. Colin Powell admitted he lied about Iraq having WMD (or if your delicate sensibilities prefer it: He was misled). To continue examining your nonsense defense of our slaughtering thousands, you suggest as evidence of our need to create this situation, that “we thought” Saddam had these weapons. No evidence offered other than “we thought.” You want to talk about “hubris”, hubris is us thinking we are the one indispensable country and that we have to police the world. And in order to do that people like Rumsfeld force otherwise decent people to lie.

"October 2, 2003 - David Kay, who heads the US search for weapons of mass destruction, reports to congressional intelligence committees that the Iraq Survey Group has found no such weapons in Iraq. Kay says he will need six to nine months to conclude his work.

January 28, 2004 - After retiring earlier in the month, Kay tells the Senate Armed Services Committee that there should be an independent investigation into the flawed intelligence about Hussein's weapons capability.

February 6, 2004 - Bush orders a seven-member commission to investigate the nation's intelligence operations, specifically to study the information about Iraq possessing weapons of mass destruction.

September 30, 2004 - The Iraq Survey Group comprehensive report is released. The report concludes that Hussein did not possess weapons of mass destruction.

March 31, 2005 - The Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction reports that the intelligence community was "dead wrong" in its assessments of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction capabilities before the US invasion.

December 2005 - US inspectors end their search for weapons of mass destruction."

Jim Tomashoff

Powell did not lie. He WAS misled. Whether you choose to believe it not, we (the U.S. intelligence community) did believe Saddam had chemical and possibly biological weapons. I was part of the intelligence community. I focused on weapons of mass destruction. We were wrong! It happens. There was no conspiracy. In his testimony to Congress David did say, "We thought he chemical weapons and maybe biological weapons. We were wrong." I gave you the reason we were wrong, You chose not to believe it. As I said, you're foolish and conspiracy minded, just like Kent, you're two sides of the same coin. Read the books I suggested. Then get back to me. But I expect your conclusion will be that the authors and their sources are also just part of the big conspiracy. And try providing sources next time if you're going to quote another author's timeline.

Jim Tomashoff

One last point. To the best of my knowledge the United States DID NOT give the Iraq Government chemical weapons, EVER! The United States did not stop Iraq from using them against Iran. And even if we wanted to stop Iraq from doing so, what means did we have to stop Saddam from doing so? Consider reading this,

Kent Misegades

Makes perfect sense. The PCR tests are probably now becoming accurate. “The WHO Confirms that the Covid-19 PCR Test is Flawed: Estimates of “Positive Cases” Are Meaningless

The Lockdown Has No Scientific Basis” By Prof Michel Chossudovsky

Jim Tomashoff

As usual, Kent cites an extreme right-wing conspiracy believing source for his information/facts, Who is Prof. Chassudovsky? This is who:

"Michel Chossudovsky (born 1946) is a Canadian economist, author and conspiracy theorist. He is professor emeritus of economics at the University of Ottawa and the president and director of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), which runs the website and publishes conspiracy theories. The CRG was founded in 2001. Chossudovsky has promoted conspiracy theories about 9/11]

In 2017, the Centre for Research on Globalization was accused by information warfare specialists at NATO’s Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (STRATCOM) of playing a key role in the spread of pro-Russian propaganda. A report by the U.S. State Department in August 2020 accused the website of being a proxy for the Russian disinformation campaign."

He is the author of the book "America's War on Terrorism In the Wake of 9/11". In is described on as an exposé that "blows away the smokescreen, put up by the mainstream media, that 9/11 was an 'intelligence failure. In which Chossudovsky argued that the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks were simply a pretext for American incursions into the Middle East, and that Bin Laden was nothing but a boogeyman created by the United States. Chossudovsky says 9/11 was a United States government conspiracy to start the Iraq War and enable a "new world order" to help corporate interests."

So maybe we should take Kent's so-called information with a bit of doubt as to its accuracy. Moreover Choussudovsky's assertions that Covid-related lockdowns have "No Scientfic Basis," has no scientific basis inasmuch as he is an economist not a doctor and certainly not an epidemiologist. Sources: The sane part of the Internet, specifically wikipedia (who Kent will now decry is controlled by "Liberals, Bureaucrats ((also known, according to Kent, as the "Deep State")), and people in Lab Coats"((Who are people with higher educations in the sciences)) ) Never, ever, take anything Kent cites as "evidence" to be evidence.

ken leary

I’m not familiar with Prof. Chossudovsky, but a quick look at CRG does not support your contention that it is a fount of right wing conspiracies. I would especially question your naivety in suggesting that you could trust the “information warfare specialists at NATO’s Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence” on the subject. You think it possible that they may be tasked with pumping out propaganda? Is this sentence regarding CRG, “A report by the U.S. State Department in August 2020 accused the website of being a proxy for the Russian disinformation campaign” disinformation? Is it propaganda? Did you fall, hook, line, and sinker (especially sinker) for three years while MSNBC reeled you in with their conspiracy nonsense? Let me school you - there is, was, no evidence of any major effort by the Russians to influence the elections. The DNC managed that all by themselves. On another point: I’m not into conspiracy theories, but, history offers numerous examples of the USA fabricating false flag events to cajole citizens into supporting war. I can make you a list. Why would you accept without question that Bush, Cheney, Wolfowitz, or Rumsfeld (and the military/industrial/financial complex) wouldn’t turn a blind eye towards a possible event that would expedite their coveted destruction of Middle East civilizations. After all we were attacked by criminals from Saudi Arabia and for revenge we destroyed Iraq, Libya, and Afghanistan What were all of our “intelligence” people doing that week?

Jim Tomashoff

You're as ignorant and foolish on the left as Kent is on the right. You say you're not into conspiracy theories while you echo their assertions, such as that the people you mentioned tried to expedite their objective to destroy Middle East civilizations. Further, I don't think you can "school" me on just about any subject, but especially not about U.S. foreign policy.

Jim Tomashoff

Ken, so Choussudovsky are not peddlers of right-wing conspiracies. Check these sites out:

And on and on. Of course you might conclude that there is a massive conspiracy among these authors to label CRG as a conspiracy site.

Dusty Rhoades

The medical doctor who's been studying infectious diseases his entire adult life is wrong and the crackpot Canadian economist who thinks 9/11 was a CIA operation is right" is not the winning argument you think it is, Kent.

Adam Tarleton

Do the vaccination numbers the N.C. Dept of Health and Human Services is providing include military personnel from Bragg? Bragg has been vaccinating servicemembers and civilians at a pretty high rate, and obviously Moore County has a significant military population. I presume Moore County is already outperforming the state because there is a larger older demographic that were able to access the vaccine earlier. So it's possible the actual vaccination numbers could be more optimistic if there's not an accurate/direct sharing of information from Bragg.

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