More than 1,450 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Twin Counties so far, as more than 50 cases have been reported in Edgecombe County over the past five days and 47 additional cases were reported in Nash County since Monday.
The Edgecombe County Health Department reported Tuesday that there have been 524 cumulative cases of COVID-19 in the county, an increase of 54 cases over what was reported last Thursday. Of that number, 445 people are considered recovered and 10 have died.
While the Edgecombe County Health Department continues to refuse to release demographic data concerning these cases, the state Department of Health and Human Resources now is releasing more county-specific data. According to the DHHS website, there have been 533 positive cases reported in Edgecombe County. The discrepancy in reported cases may indicate that some later were assigned to other counties.
Of the 533 cases reported by the state in Edgecombe County, 27 percent have occurred in the Hispanic population, according to state data. However, none of the 10 deaths reported so far have been in the Hispanic community.
No other data is available regarding racial breakdown of cases in that county.
Women are contracting COVID-19 at a slightly higher rate in Edgecombe County. So far, 54 percent of the cases have been in women compared to 46 percent in men. But the COVID-related deaths in Edgecombe County have been evenly divided between men and women.
The majority of cases reported in Edgecombe County have occurred in the 25 to 49 age group. This group accounts for 42 percent of the COVID cases reported so far. Another 23 percent have been reported in the 50 to 64 age range, 10 percent have been reported in the 65 to 74 age range and 4 percent of cases have been seen in people 75 years of age or older.
Younger people also are testing positive for the coronavirus in Edgecombe County. Of the 533 cases reported by the state, 12 percent were in minors 17 years of age and younger and roughly 10 percent were reported in the 18 to 24 age group.
The majority of COVID-related deaths in the county have been in the 50-64 age group, according to state data. Of the 10 deaths so far, four were in that age range, two were in the 65-74 age range, two were 75 or older and two were in the 25-49 age range.
The Nash County Health Department reported 927 cumulative cases of COVID-19 late Tuesday, an increase of 47 over the day before. Of that number, 561 people are considered recovered, 333 are isolated at home, 22 are hospitalized and 11 have died.
The Nash County Health Department also released more information Tuesday concerning outbreaks in the county.
Two outbreaks have been reported among senior living facilities in Nash County.
The most recent outbreak is at Brookdale Senior Living in Rocky Mount. Five cases have been reported in that facility so far. One person from that facility has died from COVID-19, Nash County Health officials said.
The outbreak at Hunter Hill Senior Living seems to be slowing. A total of 36 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in that facility, Nash County Deputy Health Director Trey Wright said. One person also has died of COVID-19 at that facility.
Wright said it is too soon to tell if the outbreaks in the county are trending upward or downward.
“As we continue to see increased cases — and thus more contacts — this number could increase. I am aware that facilities are putting protocols, such as limiting visitors, in place to minimize contacts,” he said. “We work with facilities to determine their needs for testing, contact tracing, etc.”