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Southern Nash area has a quarter of Nash County's coronavirus cases

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With COVID-19 cases in Nash County climbing toward the 300 mark, about a quarter of the patients involved live in southern Nash County.

Public health officials announced Monday afternoon that there have been 291 confirmed cases countywide. The number was expected to increase by midweek.

Currently, there are 14 hospitalizations, 110 home isolations and 163 recoveries. Four people have died.

So far in southern Nash County, there have been 27 cases in Bailey, 15 cases in Middlesex and 19 cases in Spring Hope. A large majority of the cases have been in Rocky Mount with around 40 cases in Nashville, according to Nash County Health Department geographical data released Friday. 

State public health officials have reported North Carolina’s first confirmed case of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children associated with COVID-19.

While children generally experience mild symptoms with COVID-19, recently a possible link has been found between COVID-19 and a serious inflammatory disease in some children and teenagers who have current or recent infections. The first reports of this syndrome came from the United Kingdom in late April. Cases in the United States were first reported in New York City in early May.

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services has requested reporting of suspected cases of MIS-C from all health care providers.

The state agency is also monitoring for possible cases using existing surveillance systems and will include this in the weekly surveillance report going forward.

Citing privacy laws, health officials declined to identify the patient by name, age or gender.