A third COVID-19-related death of a Wilkes County resident reported Thursday by the Wilkes County Health Department.

The person, in their 90's and with underlying health conditions, died Wednesday from complications associated with the virus. It’s the second death reported this week. Both deaths occurred at a hospital in Winston-Salem. No additional information is being released about either person to protect the privacy of the families. As of Thursday morning, Wilkes had 455 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 270 people who recovered from the virus and eight people hospitalized.