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Wilson County officials announced four additional positive cases of COVID-19 Thursday, bringing the total to 20.
Nine patients are hospitalized; eight people have recovered; and three are isolated at home, according to Wilson County Health Director Teresa Ellen.
Those 20 positive cases represent combined testing totals from the health department, hospital and commercial labs in Wilson County.
Since testing began, a total of 123 individuals have been tested at the Wilson County Health Department following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, Ellen said. The health department only receives positive test results given by private physicians and not data on the total number of people tested, she added.
Ellen has said the increase is expected.
“We are in an acceleration phase with the virus and this is in line with the increases across the state,” Ellen said. “We want citizens to know that their actions now will make a big difference. And our best defenses are to continue the strategies of following the governor’s stay-at-home order.”
Officials remind Wilson County residents to stay home when you don’t feel well, wash your hands often, clean frequently touched surfaces and when you must be out practice physical distancing by staying 6 feet away from others.
North Carolina’s number of positive cases increased by 273 on Thursday, bringing the total number to 1,857 statewide, according to figures from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. State officials say the number reflects only those who were tested and returned positive from the state lab and reporting hospital and commercial labs.
Not all cases of COVID-19 are tested, according to the state. And the data doesn’t represent the total number of people in North Carolina who have or had COVID-19.
The state’s COVID-19-associated deaths increased as well to 16 as of Thursday, according to state data. To date, nearly 30,000 tests have been completed statewide. Hospitalizations were at 184 as of Thursday.