A second Wilkes County resident has died from COVID-19, reported Wilkes Health Department Director Rachel Willard early Wednesday afternoon. 

A person in his/her late 80s died from complications associated with the virus earlier Wednesday at a hospital in Winston-Salem, said Willard. No additional information is being released about the person to protect the privacy of surviving family members, she said. 

Willard said that on behalf of the Wilkes Health Department and county government, “we extend our deepest sympathy to the family.”

She added, “This unfortunate situation is a reminder that we should continue to follow the stay at home order as we continue to phase in opening back up, and utilize social distancing to protect ourselves and those around us, especially those who are at an increased risk, and who are most vulnerable.”

On May 12, the health department reported that one staff person and one resident at Rose Glen had tested positive for COVID-19. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services defines two COVID-19 cases in a facility as an outbreak.

Later, the health department announced that one staff person and two residents at Rose Glen had tested positive for COVID-19. The health department said Rose Glen, an independent living facility, has 86 residents and 50 staff members.

Willard said the health department began testing all remaining residents and staff at Rose Glen for COVID-19 on Friday. She said none of those tested so far came back positive.

As of Wednesday morning, Wilkes County has 447 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 269 recoveries and nine currently hospitalized. Also on Wednesday, DHHS reported 19,700 COVID-19 cases, 585 hospitalizations and 691 deaths related to COVID-19 statewide. 

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