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COVID-19 Continues to Cause Concerns in Bladen County

July had record COVID-19 reports for both Bladen County and North Carolina. Since the month’s end, the curve has flattened a bit, according to NC Governor Roy Cooper, in his emergency management briefing today. Since the beginning of July, Bladen County has only had two days without at least one new COVID-19 case reported.

Gov. Cooper paused the Phase 2 “safer at home” order for three weeks on July 17, 2020. He did not announce when Phase 3 of the reopening plan will be implemented after he was asked about it during the briefing today. However, there has not been a downward trajectory of COVID-19 cases over the past 14 days.

Bladen County Health and Human Services Agency released the latest COVID-19 update this afternoon. View the report below.

Also, the agency released information for NC 4 Hope for mental health assistance during the COVID-19 Pandemic. View the information below.

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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