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Posted on: July 31, 2020

Eleventh Wilkes County Death

Wilkes County Reports Eleventh Death Related to COVID-19


The Wilkes County Health Department is reporting the eleventh COVID-19 associated death in Wilkes County.

The individual died on August 2nd from complications associated with the virus. The patient was in their 80’s with underlying health conditions. To protect the families’ privacy, no further information about these patients will be released.

“On behalf of the Wilkes County Local Health Department and Government, we extend our deepest sympathy to the family”, stated Rachel Willard, Health Director. “This unfortunate situation is a reminder that we should continue to follow social distancing to protect ourselves and those around us, especially those who are at an increased risk, and who are most vulnerable.”

As of today, August 5th at 10:30am Wilkes County has 756 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 649 recoveries, and 11 currently hospitalized. As of August 5th, NC DHHS is reporting 129,288 cases, 1,167 currently hospitalized, and 2,050 deaths related to COVID-19.

If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, we would recommend you be tested. This means if you are sick with a fever, cough or other mild symptoms, call your healthcare provider or Wilkes Health. Please do not just show up to a doctor’s office without calling first. This will help your provider prepare should you need to be tested and lessen the potential exposure to others.

If you have a medical emergency, please call 911 immediately.

Wilkes Health also wants to remind the public that community transmission is happening in Wilkes County. Every person is a potential carrier, even if no symptoms are present, so it’s urgent that every person -sick or healthy- stay home to the fullest extent possible and help break the chain of transmission. Wilkes Health wants to continue to encourage people to protect themselves to help lessen the spread of COVID-19 in our community. There are many ways we can all protect ourselves and our communities.

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