The number of Wilkes County residents with COVID-19 who are hospitalized increased from a record 19 on Friday to a new record of 22 on Tuesday, the Wilkes Health Department reported.

The majority of these are at Wilkes Medical Center in North Wilkesboro.

The health department released details on the latest two COVID-19-related deaths of Wilkes residents early this week, bringing the total to 43. Wilkes Health Director Rachel Willard said one was a patient at Wilkes Medical Center who died Friday. The other person died Saturday at a long-term care facility in Wilkes County, said Willard.

Both of these latest two victims were people in their 70s with underlying health conditions.

As of Tuesday, at least 2,104 Wilkes residents had tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began. This included 243 active cases.

The county’s case total passed the 2,000 mark this weekend, rising from 1,998 Friday to 2,051 Saturday.

The Triad Healthcare Preparedness Coalition, which includes hospitals in Wilkes and all adjoining counties plus Forsyth and other Triad counties, led the state’s eight healthcare preparedness coalitions in COVID-19 hospital patients last week and early this week.

Hospitals in the Triad Healthcare region, including Wilkes Medical Center and all other hospitals in the Wake Forest Baptist system, had 327 COVID-19 patients late last week and 346 early this week. There were 1,169 people hospitalized with COVID-19 statewide on Monday, up from 1,138 the prior day.

North Carolina had its largest one-day increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases Friday with 2,908.

There were more than 2,000 new cases every day last week except Nov. 2, according to data from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Monday reported 1,521 new COVID-19 cases, down from 2,094 reported the prior day. Monday marked the first time in a week that the daily case count was below 2,000.

The state’s seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases Monday hit a record high of 2,405. The average gives a wider view of infections over the course of a week. Eight coronavirus-related deaths were reported in the state on Monday.

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I couldn’t imagine why Wilkes County residents are disproportionately contracting and dying from something other regions control. Just so everyone is very clear, I’m being very sarcastic. Nobody is wearing a mask, social distancing, and I seriously doubt many people wash their hands all because this has become a political issue when from my take on the whole ordeal, it’s just health and safety. We are nearing Thanksgiving. You should be thankful for the ones you have around you during Thanksgiving and in being thankful wear your d@&m masks. There are many that are older and with conditions that could easily die this Thanksgiving rather than live to see a lot more. I’m sure nobody locally cares about what I have to say, and many will laugh at the comment. The joke ends when you are at the ICU with a family member trying to figure out ventilation and whether life and death is the best thing for someone you care for. I’m frustrated with our community not doing a better job of protecting their fellow neighbor. Under my guidance I’m going to see that NC DHHS gets a first hand look at the irresponsibility of individuals in our county. If you don’t want a shutdown, behave in a fashion that keeps our numbers down.

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