The Wilkes Health Department reported Wilkes County’s 11th COVID-19-related death on Wednesday.

The person, in his/her 80s, died Aug. 2 from complications associated with COVID-19. The patient had underlying health conditions. Jared Belk, health educator at the health department, said the person died at a facility in Elkin.

Belk also said 56 people at Westwood Hills Nursing and Rehabilitative Services in Wilkesboro have tested positive for COVID-19 in an outbreak first reported on July 23.

Twenty-nine COVID-19 cases had been confirmed by Wednesday afternoon at PruittHealth, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center on Johnson Ridge Road in Elkin, said Maggie Simmons, assistant health director of the Surry County Health and Nutrition Center. This included 14 staff members and 15 residents. The case total included 12 staff members and 15 residents on Monday.

The three residents at PruittHealth who died were people in their 80s or 90s with underlying medical conditions, stated a press release from the Surry center.

Wilkes County had 756 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, which is 12 more than the prior day. Wilkes also had 649 people considered recovered from COVID-19 and 11 hospitalized with the virus.

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported that statewide there were 129,288 COVID-19 cases, 1,167 people hospitalized and 2,050 deaths related to COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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