The COVID-19-related deaths of three more Wilkes County residents were reported Monday by the Wilkes County Health Department. Another such death was reported Thursday.

All four had underlying health conditions. The deaths of 32 Wilkes residents have been officially linked to COVID-19.

The death announced Thursday occurred that day at a hospital in Raleigh. The patient was in his/her 50s and had underlying health conditions, said Wilkes Health Director Rachel Willard.

Among the three deaths announced Monday, one died Friday and another Saturday. Both were in their 60s.

Willard said the most recent death was a former resident of Westwood Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Wilkesboro who died Monday. This person was in his /her 80s.

As of Monday, a COVID-19 outbreak announced at Westwood Hills on July 22 had resulted in 125 confirmed cases with 13 deaths. The 125 cases include 75 residents and 50 employees.

Wilkes County’s first death related to COVID-19 was a woman in her late 60s who also was the county’s first confirmed COVID-19 case. The woman died on March 31, a day after the health department announced the case. She was a patient at Wilkes Medical Center in North Wilkesboro when she died.

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