While cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in the Twin Counties, some local residents are using this time to reach out to help their neighbors.

Ten new positive cases were reported Thursday in the Twin Counties, making a total of 254 cases.

The Nash County Health Department reported seven new cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases in that county to 118. Of that number, 43 are considered recovered, 67 are isolated at 金殿国际棋牌-首页, five are hospitalized and three have died.

The Edgecombe County Health Department reported three new cases on Thursday, bringing the total in that county to 136. Of that number, 70 are considered recovered and seven have died. The number of people hospitalized was not reported.

While the current pandemic restrictions are intended to protect residents from exposure to the virus, they also are causing economic hardship to many. Some local residents are using the crisis to find ways to help alleviate the hardships their neighbors are experiencing.

One such opportunity came on Thursday when the Raleigh-based Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, which is associated with Feeding America, came to the Word Plaza in front of Word Tabernacle Church. Hundreds of cars came through the line to pick up boxes of food delivered by the shuttle.

Though the total number of people served is not yet available, the Rev. Freda Noel, senior pastor of On a Mission Ministry Inc. and one of the organizers of the local event, said that roughly 3,000 people were served at a similar event last month.

“This is the third time the event has been held,” Noel said. “Normally, the distribution is held at the South Rocky Mount Community Center, but the Reach Center at Word Tabernacle Church has hosted the event for the past two months while the community center has been closed.”

Tameka Joyner, program coordinator for the Reach Center, said the effort is working well at that location.

“They reached out to us when the community center closed, and we were glad to help,” Joyner said.

Dozens of local volunteers were on hand to assist with the food distribution. The Rocky Mount Police Department and the Nash County Sheriff’s Office also assisted with traffic control for the event.

The food distributions are being held during the first Thursday of each month, Noel said. The event begins at 11 a.m. and goes until 1 p.m. or later, if food still is available.

The event next month is slated to be held at the South Rocky Mount Community Center, Noel said.