Sampson County has conducted 68 tests for COVID-19; 41 are still pending

Still just one positive test

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The Sampson County Health Department has released the latest numbers related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) testing.

The county partnered with Sampson Regional Medical Center and private health practictioners to come up with the totals for number of tests, positive and negative results as well as pending results.

As of Friday, Sampson County had a total of 68 tests for the virus performed, with one postive and 26 negative results. That leaves 41 results pending, according to county officials.

Officials admit the testing numbers can be perceived as smaller than larger counties or jurisdictions, but are actually a reflection of private and public health agency compliance with restrictive testing protocols and the public’s embrace of preventative health precautions, such as social distancing, Assistant County Manager Susan Holder said.

“The public is to be commended for their compliance with federal and state orders and public health guidance,” public health Director Wanda Robinson said. “You are keeping your healthcare system from becoming overwhelmed, allowing us to keep you safe, and we appreciate your willingness to become our partner in these efforts.”

As of Friday morning, the statewide count of cases had reached 763, with three deaths of North Carolinians reported. A Virginia resident, who passing through the state, also died of the virus in a North Carolina hospital, leading to four deaths in the state.

Currently there are 17 people hospitalized across the state with COVID-19 symptoms.

With 81% of all hospitals across Nroth Carolina reporting, there are a total of 3,223 intensive care beds with 724 of them noted as empty and an additional 21,222 hospital beds with 7,184 of them empty.

Rick Curl can be reached at rcurl@mydailyrecord.com or by telephone at 910-230-2037.

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