A total of 27 people now have died as a result of COVID-19 in the Twin Counties.

The state COVID-19 dashboard on Monday reported a 13th death in Edgecombe County and on Tuesday, the Nash County Health Department reported a 14th death in that county.

Edgecombe County Deputy Health Director Michelle Etheridge confirmed the Edgecombe County death as having occurred on Friday.

Nash County Health Department officials said Tuesday in a press release that the decedent was a man in his late 80s with underlying health conditions. The death occurred Monday from complications associated with the virus.

“Our deepest and most sincere condolences are extended to the family and care staff of this patient,” Nash County Health Director Bill Hill said in the release. “It is imperative that we continue to put our best efforts forth to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

On Tuesday, the state’s COVID-19 dashboard showed 1,194 cases in Nash County, affecting 1.27 percent of the population.

On Tuesday, the Edgecombe County Health Department reported 657 cases with 536 people recovered, meaning a total of 1,851 people have tested positive for the virus in the Twin Counties.

Statewide, there have been 137,895 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 2,198 deaths.

In the press release, Nash County officials said public health preventative measures are and will continue to play a vital role in reducing the transmission and spread of COVID-19.

Health officials continue to ask people to practice preventative and safety measures that will help prevent the spread of the virus. If you leave home, know your W’s:

  • Wear a cloth face covering if you will be with other people.
  • Wait six feet apart. Avoid close contact.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.