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Congregate Living COVID-19 Outbreak and More Testing Sites

Last week the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported a COVID-19 (coronavirus) congregate living outbreak in Bladen County. Today the NCDHHS listed the address of the congregate living setting in Harrells, NC. The outbreak is not in a nursing home, residential care facility, or in a correctional facility.

An outbreak is considered two or more positive cases of the coronavirus. The NCDHHS reports the ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks in congregate living settings every Tuesday and Friday by 4 p.m.

The Bladen County Health Department reported a total of 104 COVID-19 cases in the county. Yesterday the total cases in the county were at 105. The numbers reported change due to further investigations showing patients’ residences belong to a different county.

The local health department’s report today continues to report two deaths related to COVID-19 and 85 recovered.

There are more testing sites scheduled thanks to Dr. Duncan, local faith-based leaders, and health care providers. Rev. Dr. Pearly Hoskins of the Carvers Creek area helped organize a testing site at the Baltimore Center last week. The site captured 118 tests in the pouring rain, according to Dr. Duncan.

Rev. Anthony Henry of the Clarkton area has been in contact with five churches to help promote this week’s testing site. Free testing will be provided at Booker T. Washington School. The school is located at 66 Booker T. Washington Road in Clarkton, NC. The testing event will take place on Wednesday, June 3, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 pm.

Dr. Duncan announced two more testing sites had been scheduled. New Hope Church, located on White Plains Church Road, will be holding a testing event on June 11, 2020, and East Arcadia Senior Center will hold an event on June 18, 2020.

More information about the events will be published as soon as it is made available.

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