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Live video with Bladen County Officials about Updates on COVID-19

As of 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon Bladen County Emergency Services Director, Nathan Dowless, and Bladen County Health & Human Services Director, Dr. Terri Duncan, confirmed there are no positive COVID-19 cases in Bladen County. However, there have been Bladen County citizens tested for the virus, and the county health care providers do have tests available for patients who exhibit symptoms and are determined to need the test administered.

In the video below, Dowless and Duncan answer some questions regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Dr. Duncan answers the popular question, “Why is the coronavirus treated so much differently than other viruses in recent history?”

Dowless describes the differences between natural disasters and health epidemics and how emergency services respond to the situations.


Before leaving the question and answer session, Dr. Duncan wanted to stress the importance of residents staying at home, if at all possible, practicing good hygiene and social distancing.

Dowless reminded viewers, assistance is available and has been published on Links previously posted are below for citizens needing help.

Dr. Duncan stated, “We continue to have many calls from community members with questions related to the COVID-19 virus.”

Click here for a document from the NC Dept. of Health and Human Services provides accurate, clear, concise information for patients.

As more information is made available, it will be announced, and published on We have scheduled another session for questions and answers for this Thursday, March 26, at 3 p.m. with Bladen County officials.

We plan to live stream the session on our Facebook page, as we did today.

Related links:

Bladen DSS Encourages Citizens to Apply for Services Online During Coronavirus Outbreak

Golden LEAF deploys $15 million in funding to launch NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program

Resources for Small Businesses and Business Owners

Update: Bladen’s Small Business Center Continues to Assist Businesses, Governor Orders More Businesses Close

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