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By Cheryl Thurston

As you may have already read earlier today, the number of cases of COVID-19 is growing in Bladen County. Currently, there are eight (8) confirmed cases here. While that number may be low compared to surrounding counties, everyone should continue practicing good hygiene and social distancing, according to officials.

As of 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 24, 2020, North Carolina has certified results from 93 counties. There have been 100,584 tests performed, confirming 8,052 positive cases. There are currently 477 individuals who have been hospitalized. There have been 269 deaths in the state.

For an overview of the spread of the coronavirus, we have compiled up to date lists for the counties that make up Southeastern NC. Beginning with the counties on the Bladen County border.

As of Friday afternoon, Columbus County reports 6 additional cases since the last update, confirming a total of 87 cases positive cases. The additional cases are connected to the large gathering that presented 4 new cases yesterday. Of today’s new cases, three have required hospitalization. There have been 5 deaths of Columbus County residents.

As of 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 24, 2020, Robeson County reports 10 additional cases since yesterday’s update. These 10 new cases involve 6 women, aged 18-42, and 4 men, aged 24-67. This listing has several individuals who contracted the virus from a household member who had contracted it from a known worksite case, according to official reports. For this reason, contact with individuals who exhibit symptoms should be eliminated or minimized as much as possible. This update brings the count to 95 Robeson County residents who have tested positive since the pandemic began. Three of those cases have ended in death.

As of 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 24, 2020, Sampson County reports eight (8) new cases since the last update. This brings the total positive cases for the county to 35. There have been no deaths in Sampson County.

Updates on the North Carolina Health and Human Services website track the spread of the virus county by county. Below are the results for the rest of Southeastern North Carolina.

Brunswick County has 39 positive cases, 2 of which ended in death.

Cumberland County has 161 positive cases, 6 of which ended in death.

Duplin County has 45 positive cases. There have been no deaths among Duplin County residents.

New Hanover County has 66 positive cases, 3 of which have ended in death.