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Wilson County reports 2nd COVID-19-related death

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Another Wilson County woman has died from complications associated with COVID-19, marking the second death in less than a week. 

Wilson County Health Director Teresa Ellen said the patient, who was in her late 50s with underlying health conditions, died Sunday. On Friday, health officials announced the county’s first COVID-19-associated death, which was a woman in her late 60s with underlying health conditions. 

“We continue to offer our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those that are deceased,” Ellen said in a statement. 

Wilson County has had 33 positive cases, including the two deaths.  Ten patients are hospitalized, 13 have recovered and eight are isolated at home. 

There have been 33 deaths so far across the state associated with COVID-19, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services’ most recent figures released Monday. 

“People are at the heart of everything we do,” Ellen said. “So as we head into this new week, we do expect an increase in cases and we want citizens to understand that their actions now are making a difference and will continue to make a big difference.” 

Ellen said it’s vital that residents continue to abide by the governor’s stay-at-home order. Steps to follow include staying home when you don’t feel well, washing your hands often, cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, and when you must be out for necessary items, practicing physical distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from other people. 

Statewide, 2,870 people have tested positive for the virus, Monday’s state figures show. There were 270 hospitalizations as of Monday, according to state health officials. Nearly 41,000 people have been tested statewide. 

There is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. The best way to prevent illness, state and local health officials say, is to avoid being exposed to the virus.

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 at 252-237-3141, option 3.

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.