Cases of COVID-19 seem to be spiking again in the Twin Counties as one new death has been reported and more than 100 new cases have surfaced in the area since Friday.
The state Department of Heath and Human Resources reported 13 cumulative COVID-19 related deaths on Monday in Edgecombe County. So far, the Edgecombe County Health Department has only reported 12 deaths. However, the last time that department released any COVID-19 data was Thursday.
Typically, information from the local health departments tends to be more accurate than that from the state because of lags in reporting. However, in the absence of consistent reporting by the Edgecombe County Health Department, the Telegram is turning to the state Department of Health and Human Resources for the most up-to-date information available.
According to the state website, 656 cumulative cases of COVID-19 have been reported among Edgecombe County residents as of Monday, 46 more cases than were reported by the Edgecombe County Health Department on Aug. 6, the last date information was released by that department.
The Edgecombe County Health Department could not be reached for confirmation of these numbers Monday afternoon.
Nash County has posted 74 cases since Friday. According to information released on Monday by the Nash County Health Department, the department was notified of 21 new COVID-19 positive cases on Saturday, another 40 cases on Sunday and 13 more on Monday.
“We were in hopes of seeing more days of numbers in the teens like we did last week, but that did not happen this weekend,” Nash County Health Director Bill Hill said Monday during a meeting of the Nash County COVID Response Team.
Hill also noted that Nash County reached a new benchmark this weekend.
“We have now crossed the 1,200-case mark,” he said.
As of Monday, 1,203 Nash County residents had tested positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the gathering of COVID data in the state. Of that number, 678 people are considered recovered, 485 are isolated at home and 27 are hospitalized. So far, the Nash County Health Department has reported 13 COVID-related deaths.
The DHHS has 34 upcoming community testing events scheduled in Alexander, Bertie, Cabarrus, Columbus, Cumberland, Duplin, Greene, Hertford, Jackson, Lenoir, Nash, Northampton, Pitt, Randolph, Robeson, Wake, Wayne and Wilson counties as part of the initiative to increase access to free COVID-19 testing for African American, LatinX/Hispanic and Native American communities that currently have limited testing sites, according to a press release from the Governor’s Office.
Two such events will be held in the Twin Counties this week.
Free testing will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Olive Chapel Baptist Church at 3406 S. Hathaway Blvd. in Sharpsburg.
An event will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Middlesex Community Building at 10020 N. Walnut St. in Middlesex. For more information about either of these events, call 800-913-6351 or register online at http://orig3n.com/covid19/champ/.
There is no cost for people getting tested at these events. Insurance, if available, will be billed but there are no co-pays or cost-sharing for anyone seeking testing. People who are uninsured are also tested at no cost, according to the press release.
Similar events were held in Edgecombe County last month.
For more information about COVID-19 testing services in your area, call your local health department or your physician.