The Dent County Health Center is saddened to report COVID-19 related deaths of two Dent County residents. One individual was in their 80s, the other in their 70s, said the Wednesday release.

“We are taking necessary precautions to keep our patients and community safe and will continue to diligently monitor the COVID-19 situation and follow CDC guidelines to help protect the public health and limit spread of this infection,” said the release.

It is important that everyone continues to practice basic preventative measures to help decrease the spread. These measures, as outlined by the CDC, include: avoiding contact with people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, proper hand-washing, cleaning frequently used surfaces, and staying home when sick.

We highly encourage, if you suspect that you have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 to call your healthcare provider.