Rowan County experienced its first death related to Covid-19, but the case is not believed to be associated with the university. County cases are on the rise.
Rowan County’s numbers stood at 189 September 14, with 177 recovered and 12 current and Judge Executive Harry Clark is anticipating an increase in positive cases coming out of Labor Day weekend.
“We saw it for Memorial Day, we saw it for Fourth of July and I think we’re probably going to see it for Labor Day,” said Clark.
Due to the recent rise in positive cases, Clark is doubtful that the county will ease restrictions any time soon.
“I would like to see more participation in mask wearing and social distancing,” said Clark. “If we could do the mask wearing and social distancing, I believe we would really decrease our numbers.”
Although Covid-19 remains Rowan County's biggest concern, Clark stressed the importance of keeping in touch with others.
“We’re rolling into the time of year now when it’s rainy and a lot of people stay in. I think we need to start thinking about checking on our neighbors,” said Clark. “We see them out in the yard now, but soon we won’t be seeing them so much, so we just need to keep check on people.”