2 deaths, 20 COVID cases in Davie

Published 9:17 am Thursday, April 9, 2020

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Two Davie residents have died from COVID-19 complications, and the total number of cases reported so far in the county has climbed to 20.

“The case count in Davie County continues to rise but does not reflect the true extent of COVID-19 in Davie County,” said Suzanne Wright, health director. “Many people with COVID-19 do not show symptoms, but are still contagious. Stay home, socially distance, wash your hands, don’t touch your face, and act like everyone is contagious.

“Symptoms do not look the same for everyone. Outcomes do not look the same for everyone. What has to be the same for everyone is staying six feet away from each other at all times, frequent handwashing and use of hand sanitizer, keeping hands away from your face, cleaning surfaces, and staying home and away from others.

“If you are sick or have been exposed to someone who is, stay home. The spread of COVID-19 starts and ends with you,” Wright said.

The 20 number of cases includes the two deaths, and two people who have recovered from the virus. The two deaths are believed to have been caused by community spread – one was in their 60s, the other in their 80s – and they died on April 1 and April 3.

“Our continued prayers are with families who have been impacted by COVID-19,” said County Manager John Eller, who praised the community, medical personnel and others on the front line.

“Our community has come together to help others in need,” Eller said. “(We) appreciate our staff, local medical and health care professionals, law enforcement, towns, schools, non-profits, businesses, churches, responders, volunteers and state and federal partners working tirelessly to support our residents. You have all been inspiring,” he said.