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Bladen County Health Department reports 2 additional positive cases of COVID-19 for Bladen County residents this afternoon. according to Dr. Teresa Duncan (Terri) Director Bladen Health and Human Services, based on information provided, county public health officials will assess risks of exposure, and determine which, if any, additional measures are needed such as temperature and symptom checks, quarantine, and/or testing.

The total for Bladen County residents:

– There have been 20 confirmed COVID-19 cases four of which have recovered, according to Dr. Duncan.

– Two are hospitalized with the coronavirus.
– 14 are isolating at home

Dr. Duncan stayed, to respect privacy and comply with federal law, more specific information is not available.

(The NCDHHS dashboard is updated daily and may change based on verification of county residence).

Dr. Duncan reported Bladen cases have been linked to social gatherings, work, travel, and community-acquired (unknown source).

Bladen County residents are vulnerable to getting or spreading the virus. Bladen and every surrounding county have confirmed cases of COVID-19.

• Fever, cough, and shortness of breath are the most common symptoms occurring with the virus. The CDC identified new symptoms for the coronavirus: chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, and a new symptom — loss of taste. There is no vaccine for the virus.

• The one proven way to reduce transmission is social distancing. Please stay home to save lives! If necessary to be out of your home, take action to slow the spread by wearing a cloth face-covering in public spaces, keeping at least 6 feet of physical distance, and frequently washing your hands.

• Bladen County Health Department continues to follow CDC and NCDHHS recommendations to protect public health and prevent the further spread of infection, according to Duncan.

If you believe that you may have COVID-19, please call your health care provider, or the Health Department call center: 910-872-6291. The center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, until further notice. Individuals may also call 2-1-1. This NCDHHS call center is available 24/7, in English and Spanish.

Dr. Duncan closed stating, “Stay home, save lives!”