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Nash officials: 'No time to let your guard down' on COVID-19

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NASHVILLE — Nash County has at least 158 positive cases of COVID-19.

That’s as of late Monday. More cases are expected.

“The metrics indicate more new cases — of course, we are testing more, but the hospitalizations are level,” said Nash County Health Director Bill Hill. “Now is not the time to let your guard down. Stay vigilant. Keep washing your hands.”

Of the 158 patients diagnosed with the virus, 82 people have recovered; 64 people are isolated at home; six people are hospitalized; and three people have died. There hasn’t been a coronavirus-related death in Nash County in several weeks.

The state now has more than 200 testing sites in 54 counties, include four locations in Nash County, said Brent Fisher, assistant director of Nash County Emergency Services, where he heads up fire, rescue and emergency management services.

Nearby locations include the Nash County Health Department, 214 S. Barnes St. in Nashville; Nash UNC Health Care, 2460 Curtis Ellis Drive in Rocky Mount; and the Boice-Willis Clinic, 901 N. Winstead Ave. in Rocky Mount.

The statewide list of sites is composed of health care providers, pharmacies and retail locations, local health departments and more. Some sites are federally funded and offer free testing. Many doctors and clinicians are also providing testing at their offices.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms and anyone who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should consider getting tested, according to state public health officials.

Residents concerned about being infected should call their health care provider or local health department to determine whether they need testing. Some locations require an appointment and/or a referral from a health care provider. Locations are subject to change.

Most people who get COVID-19 recover without needing medical care. People experiencing mild to moderate symptoms such as fever and cough should call their health care provider to see whether they need medical care. If possible, call ahead before visiting a health care facility. 

If anyone is experiencing severe, life-threatening symptoms such as difficulty breathing, altered thinking or blue lips, seek immediate medical care or call 911.