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7 new COVID-19 cases reported Saturday

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Wilson County’s number of positive COVID-19 cases has jumped to 28, according to Saturday’s numbers released by the Wilson County Health Department. That’s up seven since Friday’s count.

On Friday, the health department announced that one patient had died, a woman in her 60s who had underlying health conditions.

Eleven individuals are hospitalized. Eight are isolated at home, and eight have recovered, according to county officials. 

“Statewide we are seeing increases,” Teresa Ellen, county health director, said on Saturday. “We are in an acceleration phase. We continue urging citizens to know that their actions now will make a big difference.

“Follow the governor’s stay-at-home order, stay home when you don’t feel well, wash your hands often, clean surfaces, and when you must be out, practice physical distancing by staying 6 feet away from other persons.”

Across North Carolina, there have been 2,402 cases as of Saturday with 24 deaths, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. Cases are present in 88 counties. 

The Centers for Disease Control is now recommending that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings in places such as grocery stories and pharmacies, where it’s hard to maintain recommended social distancing. The CDC hopes face cloth coverings, especially when worn in places where there is significant community-based transmission, will lower the number of cases that are spread from people who have no symptoms of the new coronavirus.

The cloth masks can be made from household items and are not the same as surgical masks or N-95 respirators, according to information from the CDC.