Nearly 1,300 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the Twin Counties, as Nash County reported 826 cases as of Friday and Edgecombe County reported 470 cases as of Thursday.
In all, 20 people have died of the coronavirus as of Friday, 10 in each county.
Nash County saw a new surge in reported numbers Thursday and Friday after single-digit numbers were reported earlier in the week. The Nash County Health Department was notified of 31 new cases Thursday and another 28 cases Friday.
Nash County Health Director Bill Hill said the uptick in reporting later in the week likely was a result of when state labs released test results.
“The state labs are being overwhelmed now, and it is taking longer to get results. When I saw the lower numbers at the first of the week, I was sort of expecting a surge toward the end of the week,” Hill said Friday.
Of the 826 cumulative confirmed cases so far in Nash County, 506 people are considered recovered and 294 are isolated at home.
Hill said there was one bright spot in the metrics this week.
“Last week we reported a high of 32 Nash County residents in the hospital because of COVID in a single day,” he said. “As of Friday, that number dropped in half to 16.”
The Nash County Health Department also released updated demographic data Friday.
Of the 826 cases reported so far among Nash County residents, 456 cases have been reported among women and 370 have been reported among men.
COVID-19 still is appearing at a greater rate among the Black population, with 297 cases reported so far in Nash County. However, the Hispanic demographic is catching up as 264 cases have been reported in the county as of Friday. Among whites, that number is 203. Four cases have been reported among people identifying as Native American. The rest are multiracial or unknown.
COVID-19 cases continue to grow in all age groups. Of the 826 cases reported so far in Nash County, 187 have been in the 60 and over age group, which represents the widest age span. Another 133 cases have been reported in the 50-59 age group, while higher numbers have been reported in the 40-49 age group at 143 and in the 30-39 age group at 138.
But numbers also are growing among the younger population. So far, 122 cases have been reported among 20-somethings in Nash County, 57 cases have been reported in the 15-19 age group and another 46 have been reported in minors under the age of 15.
As of Thursday, the latest day of reporting for Edgecombe County, 470 cumulative cases have been reported to the Edgecombe County Health Department. Of that number, 397 people are considered recovered.
Edgecombe County does not report any demographic data.