Cumberland County has now passed 100 cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19), as seven more positive tests were announced Friday, bringing the total to 105. There are also now six deaths in the county.
Nineteen positive cases and five deaths have been announced just since Monday, April 13, according to the Cumberland County Department of Public Health.
“This week our community has been saddened by the loss of five of our fellow residents to this virus, and we are still seeing additional positive cases each day,” said Cumberland County Public Health Director Dr. Jennifer Green. “We can’t stress strongly enough the importance of following the stay-at-home order and only venturing out for essential needs like work or to buy food or medicine. If you do go out, we recommend you wear a facemask if social distancing isn’t possible.”
The death announced Friday, along with one from Thursday, were announced as Fort Bragg connected individuals. According to the Fort Bragg Public Affairs Office, a Department of the Army Civilian employee, as well as a contractor employed at Fort Bragg, died Thursday. Both were Cumberland County residents and were in their 50s, at least one of which had underlying medical conditions, according to Cumberland County.
“We lost two valued members of our Fort Bragg community last night,” said Lt. Gen. Michael E. Kurilla, commanding general of the XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg. “Our thoughts and prayers are with their families in their time of loss.”