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Stanly records third COVID-19 death

Stanly County Health Department is reporting the third COVID-19 associated death in the county.

The individual died on Saturday, April 18, from complications associated with the virus. The individual was an older adult in a residential care facility and had underlying medical conditions.

Stanly County Health Department is working closely with the facility to identify and monitor persons who had contact with the individual. To protect the family’s privacy, no further information about this individual will be released by the health department.

“We are saddened that another Stanly County resident has been taken by this disease. The health department is in contact with each residential care facility in the county to ensure that all measures required by the state are being carried out to stop the spread of COVID-19,” David Jenkins, Stanly County Health and Human Services director, said.

As of April 18, Stanly County Health Department reports 20 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Six of these individuals have recovered at this time. Approximately 600 people in the county have been tested.

The health department recommends individuals continue to follow the guidelines listed below:

● STAY HOME! Follow the NC Stay-at-Home Order requirements

● Wear a face covering when in public

● Maintain social distancing, stay 6 feet away from others

● Wash your hands often, for 20 seconds with soap and water

● Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your bent elbow

● Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

● Avoid people who are sick

● If you are sick, stay home and call your healthcare provider