The Nash County Health Department reported 14 more COVID-related deaths Friday for a total of 19 deaths reported this week.

Nash County Health Director Bill Hill presented the grim news Friday at a meeting of the Nash County COVID-19 Response Team.

“The strongest and most damaging part of my report today is that we have received reports of 14 deaths since Wednesday,” Hill said. “However, some of these deaths extend as far back as Oct. 22. We are not sure why it is taking so long for reports of these deaths to drop into the system.”

Hill said most of the reported deaths were from residents of rehab centers and long-term care facilities.

Among the recent deaths was a man in his early 80s who died on Oct. 22, a man in his early 80s who died Oct. 24 and a woman in her late 80s who died on Oct. 25. Two Nash County residents, a man in his early 80s and a woman in her mid-80s, died Oct. 26. Another woman, whose age exceeded 100, succumbed to COVID-19 on Oct. 27.

In addition, a woman in her late 70s died on Nov. 1 and another woman in her early 80s died Nov. 2. Two men, one in his early 80s and the other in his early 70s, died on Nov. 7. A man in his mid-80s died on Nov. 14, and two other Nash County residents, a woman in her early 70s and a man in his late 70s, died Wednesday from complications associated with COVID-19. The latest victim, a woman in her early 60s, died Friday.

All these patients were reported as having underlying health conditions.

These recent deaths bring the death toll in Nash County to 104.

“This is a serious number for our population,” Hill said.

Hill said the increase in the number of new cases of COVID-19 had slowed at the end of the week with 55 new cases reported over Thursday and Friday. These recent additions bring the total number of cumulative confirmed positive cases to 4,211 in the county.

More than 4.43 percent of Nash County residents have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began.

Roughly 2,388 Nash County residents are considered recovered from the virus and 1,699 currently are isolated at home with active cases of the virus. Hospitalizations also have increased slightly to 20.

The Edgecombe County Health Department reported 34 new cases Friday, bringing the cumulative number of cases in that county to 2,335. Of that number, 2,092 people are considered recovered and 79 have died. Roughly 164 Edgecombe County residents are isolated with active cases of COVID-19.