The Wilkes County Health Department reported Tuesday that a person in his/her 60s with an underlying heath condition died from COVID-19 at a hospital in Winston-Salem on Oct. 9.

To maintain confidentiality, no additional information was released about the person. The health department said it was Wilkes County’ 35th COVID-19-related death, but the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services has been reporting Wilkes with 35 such deaths for several days.

“On behalf of the Wilkes County Health Department and county government, we extend our deepest sympathy to the family,” stated Rachel Willard, Wilkes health director.

“This unfortunate situation is a reminder that we should continue to be vigilant and not let our guard down, especially as we head into flu season. Please practice the 3 W’s (wait, wash and wear) when outside your home.”

The health department reported that as of Tuesday morning, Wilkes County’s COVID-19 case total since the pandemic started was 1,455, with 1,199 recoveries and 15 currently hospitalized.

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