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2 More COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Bladen

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Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Clinics and Express Care offer testing (Bladenboro, Clarkton, Dublin, Elizabethtown and White Lake) for anyone exhibiting symptoms or those in high risk groups without symptoms, after a visit with the provider on duty. Contact the clinic located in your area for further information:

• Bladenboro 910-863-3138
• Clarkton 910-862-1217
• Dublin 910-862-3528
• Elizabethtown 910-862-5500
• White Lake 910-862-1265
• Express Care 910-862-2122

A drive-thru testing site is operating in the Walmart parking lot located at 1347 W. Broad St., Elizabethtown, NC on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 7:00 am- 9:00 am. The site is supported by Walmart, eTrueNorth, state and local officials to test anyone who meets CDC, state and local guidelines on who should be tested, including first responders, health care providers and others with symptoms of COVID-19, and those in high risk groups without symptoms. Those interested in being tested need to visit www.DoINeedaCOVID19test.com to see if eligible for testing and to make an appointment.

CommWell Health (1-910-567-7114 or 1-877-WELL-ALL (935-5255) continues to test in Tar Heel, Monday-Friday, times vary.

Robeson Health Care Corporation is testing at the St. Pauls site (910-241-30420), times vary.

·         Remember 3 W’s:

  •  Wear a face covering when out in public
  • Wait 6 feet from each other
  • Wash hands frequently

·         The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHSS) dashboard includes data for number of counties with positive cases, zip codes, congregate living facilities, age, race, gender, hospitalizations, etc. and is updated daily at 11:00 am. On May 15, 2020 the NCDHHS Dashboard (ncdhhs.gov) listed data for North Carolina:

  • 17,129 positive cases
  • 492 hospitalizations
  • 641 deaths
  • and Bladen with 68 positive cases and 2 deaths. Bladen reports 48 recovered cases.

(*NCDHHS dashboard is updated daily and may change based on verification of county residence.

Bladen cases have been linked to social gatherings, work, travel and community acquired (unknown source). Bladen County residents are vulnerable of getting or spreading the virus. Bladen and every surrounding county have confirmed cases of COVID-19.The virus has been reported in 99 of North Carolina’s 100 counties.  Fever, cough and shortness of breath are the most common symptoms occurring with the virus. The CDC identified new symptoms for the coronavirus: chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, and a new loss of taste. There is no vaccine for the virus.

Bladen County Health Department continues to follow CDC and NCDHHS recommendations to protect public health and prevent the further spread of infection.

If you believe that you may have COVID-19, please call your health care provider, or the Health Department call center: 910-872-6291. The center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am – 5:00 pm, until further notice. Individuals may also call 2-1-1. This NCDHHS call center is available 24/7, in English and Spanish.

Wear, Wait, Wash!

Dr. Teresa (Terri) Duncan, DNP, RN-C, CNE, CPHQ
Director: Bladen County Health and Human Services

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