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Nash County reports 2 coronavirus deaths, bringing county's total to 6

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NASHVILLE — The Nash County death toll from COVID-19 climbed over the weekend with county officials reporting two fatalities. Six people in Nash County have now died from the disease. 

With 50 new cases reported last weekend and 22 cases Monday, Nash’s case count stood at 462 on Monday afternoon. Public health officials expect that number to be higher by midweek. 

So far, 240 people have recovered; 193 are isolated at home; 23 remain hospitalized; and six people have died, according to information provided by Larissa Williams, the Nash County Health Department’s health services coordinator. 

Nash County hasn’t reported any deaths from the virus for several weeks.

County officials said one of the decedents was an elderly man who had other health problems and died after being hospitalized at Nash UNC Health Care. Information on the other deceased coronavirus patient wasn’t available in time for this story. 

HOSPITAL SAFETY

Hospital officials released information via county emergency management representatives to reassure the public that the hospital is prepared for COVID-19’s projected stages and is focused on ensuring a safe environment for patients, staff and community members.

Enhanced cleaning measures and safety precautions include:

• Mandatory masks for all plus eye protection and personal protective equipment for staff.

• Screening at every entrance for patients, staff and visitors.

• Patients with COVID-19 symptoms are immediately taken into isolated areas specifically designed to treat communicable diseases.

• Visitors are restricted and entrances are limited to ensure everyone has been screened.

• Staff is practicing enhanced cleaning processes and disinfecting technologies.

• Staff is enforcing social distancing in waiting areas, clinics and all common areas of the hospital.

• Some patients are receiving virtual care.

• COVID-19 testing is mandatory for surgery patients.

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