Sherlene Blackwood, a family nurse practitioner, conducts COVID-19 tests with the Sampson County Health Department. The department will hold mass vaccinations for the elderly on Wednesday.

Crowds expected for vaccine

As COVID-19 cases reach yet another high mark, with 10,000 new cases reported on consecutive days across the state and Sampson on Friday reporting its highest single-day total with 172, state and local officials have renewed pleas for public vigilance while vaccines roll out for the elderly population.