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COVID-19 daily briefing — Dec. 18

Updated weekdays by 12:30 p.m.

There are 305 new cases and one death reported since yesterday’s briefing. There have been 17,734 laboratory-confirmed cases and 197 deaths in Forsyth County. All cases reported by the Forsyth County Department of Public Health are Forsyth County residents. Of the 17,734, 14,387 are presumed recovered. The case count is subject to change throughout the day but will only be reported once per day in the daily briefing.

The public health director will provide a detailed briefing at 2 p.m. at the beginning of the next board of county commissioners meeting, which will be conducted remotely. The public can listen to and watch the meeting on WSTV-13 or go to https://www.cityofws.org/493/WSTV-13

Public Health Director Joshua Swift commented,“The Forsyth County Department of Public Health will host the following no-cost COVID-19 community testing events this week:

The Forsyth County Department of Public Health will host the following no-cost COVID-19 community testing events:

• Saturday, Dec. 19 , at EMS Triangle Station (Waughtown), 3260 Kernersville Road, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

• Mondays at Winston Lake YMCA, 901 Waterworks Road, from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Forsyth County Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 helpline is 336-582-0800. For information on COVID-19 testing locations, symptoms and prevention, as well as Safer at Home Order measures, go to https://forsyth.cc/covidupdate .