Positive cases of COVID-19 increase in Duplin County, 12 deaths

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KENANSVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) Duplin County’s total number of laboratory-confirmed positive COVID-19 cases has increased to 454.

Of those confirmed positive cases, 177 of them have met clinical criteria to be released from isolation.

Duplin County has had one additional death, bringing the county’s total to 12 fatalities related to COVID-19.

Of the most recent fatality, the decedent was in the age range of 50-64, and to protect the family’s privacy, no further information about the individual will be released, health officials said.

Duplin County will hold a second COVID-19 Diagnostic Drive-Thru testing event on May 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Duplin Events Center.

The drive-thru testing event is open to all Duplin County residents, but pre-registration is required.

To schedule an appointment, Duplin County residents should call 910-267-2044.

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