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Free coronavirus tests available in Bailey; Nash County's death toll reaches 13

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BAILEY -— State health officials are set to hold free COVID-19 testing at the Bailey Police Department from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The announcement comes on the heels of two more coronavirus-related deaths in the county, bringing the total to 13 with the number of reported cases surpassing the 1,000 mark, according to local public health officials.

No appointment is required for the testing, which is hosted by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. Participants will remain in their vehicles and tests will be offered via drive-thru format. Results will be available within 72 hours.

Both recent decedents were women in their late 60s who had other health problems and died of complications related to COVID-19, said Trey Wright, deputy health director at the Nash County Health Department. Thirteen people have died in Nash County since the pandemic began. 

Health Director Bill Hill extended condolences to the patients’ families and loved ones. 

“It is imperative that we continue to put our best efforts forth to slow the spread of COVID-19,” Hill said.

The health department reported 72 new COVID-19 cases for the three-day period ending Monday, with 25 cases on Saturday, 18 on Sunday and 29 on Monday, according to spokesman Trey Wright. 

Nash County’s charted 1,080 cases since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Officials say 585 people have recovered from the virus, 457 are currently isolated at home and 29 coronavirus patients are hospitalized. 

Public health officials urge Nash County residents to practice preventative and safety measures that will prevent COVID-19 from spreading further. 

Everyone should wear a cloth face covering when they’re with other people, wait 6 feet apart to avoid close contact and wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer, according to the health department. 

For information about coronavirus testing services, call the Nash County Health Department COVID-19 Hotline at 252-462-2079. 

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