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Wilkes County’s 21st COVID-19-related death was announced Thursday by the Wilkes Health Department.

The person died Tuesday at a hospital in Winston-Salem from complications associated with the virus. The person was in his/her 70s and had underlying health conditions.

Wilkes Health Director Rachel Willard said the latest death wasn’t connected to a COVID-19 outbreak at Westwood Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Wilkesboro, which had resulted in eight deaths by early this week. The Westwood Hills outbreak totaled 107 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 40 employees and 67 residents, early this week.

As of Thursday afternoon, Wilkes County has 946 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 762 recoveries, and three currently hospitalized. As of Aug. 20, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services was reporting 149,904 confirmed cases, 1,023 hospitalizations and 2,465 deaths related to COVID-19 statewide. 

DHHS reported 48 more COVID-19 deaths statewide on Tuesday, the largest daily increase since the first deaths were reported at the end of March.

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