COVID-19 death tolls rise in local counties

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The Wayne County Health Department reported two more deaths related to COVID-19 last week.

Both individuals, including one who resided at a long-term care facility, had underlying medical conditions.

The county’s death toll remained at 15 on Monday.

According to the NC Department of Public Safety, offenders housed at the Neuse Correctional Institute are considered recovered cases, which significantly increased the county’s estimated recovery numbers.

Less than 60 cases are attributed to congregate living facilities. The county reported a total of 867 confirmed cases of the virus Monday.

Duplin County Heath Department officials reported five additional COVID-19 deaths, which boosted its total to 11.

The county had 438 lab-confirmed coronavirus cases as of Monday and 161 had met the clinical criteria to be released from isolation.

Residents in each county are asked to remember the three “W’s” - wear a face covering in public, wait six feet apart from others and wash your hands often.

In a Thursday media briefing, Gov. Roy Cooper announced a statewide list of COVID-19 testing sites is available on the NC Department of Health and Human Services website.

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