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Wilson County reports 16th COVID-19 case; 7 patients have recovered

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Wilson County officials announced an additional positive case of COVID-19 Wednesday, bringing the total to 16.

Eight patients are hospitalized and seven people have recovered, according to Wilson County Health Director Teresa Ellen. 

The Wilson County Health Department’s coronavirus call center —  252-237-3141 (option 3) — answered nearly 240 calls last week alone and 100 calls in the last two days, Ellen said. 

Ellen stressed that residents still need to follow the governor’s stay-at-home order. If you don’t feel well, stay home. Wash your hands frequently, clean surfaces and when you must be out getting essential items, practice social distancing by staying 6 feet away from others.

North Carolina had 1,584 positive cases of COVID-19, according to Wednesday’s figures from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

The state also reported 10 COVID-19-associated deaths. More than 26,000 tests have been completed so far. That number reflects testing completed by the state lab, and reporting hospital and commercial labs. There were also 204 people hospitalized as of Wednesday. 

Most people who get COVID-19 will recover without needing medical care, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For others, especially older adults and those who have existing health problems, COVID-19 can cause more severe illness including pneumonia and death.

If you think you may have COVID-19 and have mild symptoms, such as fever and cough without shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, the CDC and local and state health officials recommend you stay at home.

You can call your doctor to see if you need medical care. If you do not have a doctor and are exhibiting symptoms, call the Wilson County Health Department’s coronavirus call center. 

Wilson Medical Center has also implemented a COVID-19 screening hotline: 252-399-7068, which is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

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