The Lenoir County Health Department is reporting the ninth death in the county of a resident who had tested positive for COVID-19.

The patient was under 65 and had underlying medical conditions. To protect the family’s privacy, no further information will be released.

It is Lenoir County’s second death and a week. Onslow County also reported a death in the last week.

The eight-county region including Craven County has seen a spike in new cases and deaths in the last week.

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