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Rise in cases in Cumberland County causes concern among health experts

Posted October 27, 2020 7:44 p.m. EDT

— The coronavirus is not showing any sign of letting up.

The first cases of COVID-19 in Cumberland County were reported on March 22.

As of Friday, October 23, there have been a total of 6897 positive cases.

The first COVID-related death in the County was April 10. The current death toll in the stands at 101.

Dr. Michael Zappa is the Chief of Emergency Services at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

"I think what we are seeing across the state... is the number of hospitalizations are rising," Zappa said. "So we're prepared and able to handle an increase number if that happens in our area."

Right now... there are about 35 COVID-19 patients in the county’s hospital. WRAL News is told that five of them are on ventilators.

The hospital can handle about 100 COVID patients,  and doctors are getting better at fighting the symptoms of the disease with several medicines like Remdesivir.

"So what we found is by starting the patients on the remdesivir earlier, there's a better survival," Dr. Zappa said. "We're getting the patients out of the hospital a little sooner."

Dr. Jennifer Green is the county's Health Director. She wants everyone to take extra precautions during the holiday season.

"You might [gather] outdoors so that you have more air circulation," she said. "Still consider social distancing yourselves. Consider how you're going to serve food, making sure you have plenty of hand sanitizers."

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