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Wilson has first death related to COVID-19 

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Wilson County reported its first COVID-19-related death, Wilson County Health Director Teresa Ellen announced Friday.

The woman, in her early 60s with underlying health conditions, died Thursday from complications associated with the virus, Ellen said. 

“It is with a heavy heart that we announce our first death associated with the COVID-19 pandemic,” Ellen said. “Our deepest condolences go out to the family and loved ones.”

Ellen said to protect the family’s privacy, no further information will be released. Ellen said Friday’s announcement is a reminder of the dangers of the virus. 

“We want citizens to know that their actions now will make a big difference,” she said. 

There is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. The best way to prevent illness, Ellen said, is to avoid being exposed to the virus. 

Our best defenses are to continue the strategies of following the governor’s stay-at-home order,” she said. 

Those steps include staying home when you don’t feel well, wash your hands often, clean frequently touched surfaces often and when you must be out for necessary items, practice physical distancing by staying 6 feet away from other persons.