As of 2 p.m. Thursday, Wilkes County had four confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, according to data on the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services website.

All four were reported this week, starting with two on Monday.

They include Wilkes County’s first and only COVID-19 death, a woman in her late 60s who was a patient at Wilkes Medical Center in North Wilkesboro when she died late Tuesday from complications associated with the disease. She was the county’s first confirmed COVID-19 case.

There were 1,857 confirmed cases in 83 counties in the state and 16 associated deaths as of 2 p.m. Thursday. The DHHS website reported 28,679 tests have been completed for the virus and 184 people are currently hospitalized in the state for COVID-19.

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