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Wilkes County has five more deaths associated with COVID-19, bringing the county’s total to 26.
One of the five was the county’s youngest COVID-19 victim yet, a person in his/her 40s who died Friday. Wilkes Health Director Rachel Willard said the person didn’t have pre-existing health problems.
Willard said the other four had been residents of Westwood Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation in Wilkesboro, where a COVID-19 outbreak was confirmed on July 22.
Two of these four, in their 70s and 80s, died Tuesday at Wilkes Medical Center.
The other two died Monday. One of these, in his/her 70s, died at Wilkes Medical Center. The other, in his/her 90s, wasn’t hospitalized.
Westwood Hills had 115 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 12 deaths, as of Tuesday.
Out of 1,048 Wilkes residents with confirmed COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began, Wilkes had 912 listed as recovered.