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Another COVID-19 Related Death Reported at Bladen Rehabilitation Facility

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According to the latest Bladen County Health and Human Services COVID-19 (coronavirus) update, cases continue to increase. The latest North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) reported an increase in COVID-19 cases in the ongoing outbreak in the congregate living setting of Bladen East Health and Rehab facility located on Poplar Street in Elizabethtown.

According to the NCDHHS report, a total of 43 people at Bladen East Health and Rehab have tested positive for the COVID-19. There have been 16 staff members and 27 residents who have tested positive for the virus. There are now three related residents’ deaths due to COVID-19 at the local facility.

Dr. Teresa (Terri) Duncan with Bladen County Health and Human Services said in a press release, “The virus is truly community spread. Now more than ever, the 3Ws are vitally important to slow the spread of the virus.”

The 3 Ws are: Wait six feet apart, wash your hands, and wear a mask.

Today’s update has Bladen County COVID-19 positive cases up to a total of 914 cases with 15 related deaths and 68 active cases.

For COVID-19 testing, contact one of the agencies below.

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.

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
In addition to fever, cough and shortness of breath, the CDC added symptoms for the coronavirus: chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, and a new loss of taste.

Dr. Duncan, confirmed Bladen County may receive a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines for the at-risk population in November for the high-risk population. High-risk population members are older adults and health care workers.  A larger amount of the vaccines may be delivered in the spring of 2021.