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COVID-19 Updates are Hard to Follow

The percentage of Bladen County positive daily tests decreased a little according to the latest update. The current ratio is now at 9.0%; yesterday, the rate was 9.9%.

Some may think the percentage of positive cases compares the positive cases with the population; however, it does not. According to the last census, the population of Bladen County was 33,000 residents, divide the positive cases by the residents, and the percentage would be around .02%. These metrics are not being used in the North Carolina and Bladen County updates.

The officials are reporting the percentage of positive cases out of the total daily tests given. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services website explains the calculations as follows, “percent positives are calculated using electronically, reported data from NC EDSS only, which is a subset of total test reported, county-level positive rates may be impacted by how many total tests for residents in the county were reported electronically through NC EDSS.”

The Bladen County Health and Human Services Agency released the daily COVID-19 update this afternoon. In the box titled, “Positive Cases”, Bladen County has 810/849 with 74 active cases. Today, the reports show seven local residents are hospitalized. See today’s full report below.

Yesterday Bladen County’s report had a total of 814 positive cases with 72 active COVID-19 cases. According to yesterday’s report there were 11 COVID-19 related hospitalizations. See yesterday’s report below.

In August, NCDHHS stated lab reports since April were errored, causing the state to over-report about 221,000 COVID-19 tests than were performed. Since COVID-19 hit Bladen County, the daily numbers reported have waxed and waned due to data processing variables.

Daily update for Saturday, September 19, 2020

The fact is, COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a real virus. To help protect against the virus, practice social distancing, wash hands frequently, and wear a mask. 

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, Bladen County Health and Human Services Director, announced there were discussions about Bladen County receiving a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines for the at-risk population in November for the high-risk population and a larger amount of the vaccines in 2021.

The flu vaccine is now available. See the information below.

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