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Bladen Health and Human Services Agency released today’s COVID-19 Update and information regarding immunization awareness.

Dr. Teresa (Terri) Duncan, Bladen County Health and Human Services Director stated, “August is National Immunization Awareness Month. As children head back to school this fall, make sure vaccination is at the top of your checklist. August is also a key time to make sure you (adults) are up to date on all the vaccines you need to stay healthy. Use CDC’s adult vaccine assessment tool adult vaccine assessment tool to see which vaccines might be right for you.”

Dr. Duncan also stated with the COVID-19 Update the following, “Bladen County percent positives are not available for this report.”

NDHSS Dashboard explains “It is important to recognize that the amount of testing being conducted varies across counties. Because percent positive is calculated using electronically reported data from ND EDSS only, which is a subset of total tests reported, county-level positive rates may be impacted by how many of the total tests for residents in the county were reported electronically through NC EDSS.”

Below is the most recent report with Bladen County and North Carolina COVID-19 numbers.

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

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. 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. There is no vaccine for the virus.

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