ROCKINGHAM — Another two Richmond County residents have reportedly succumbed to complications from COVID-19.
The Richmond County Health Department on Monday reported the new COVID-related deaths in a press release, bringing the county’s overall total to 119.
According to the Health Department, the updated race and gender breakdown is as follows: 21 African American females, 17 African American males, three “other race” females, one “other race” male, two Hispanic females, one Hispanic male, two American Indian males, 38 Caucasian females and 34 Caucasian males.
All patients have been between the ages of 31 and 95: 34 have been 80 or older; 31 have been in their 70s; 34 in their 60s; 15 in their 50s; four in their 40s and one who was 31.
Of the county’s deaths, 89 have been at a hospital, 23 have passed away in another healthcare facility and seven have died outside of a health setting.
Based on previous reports, both of those recently deceased were African American, one woman and one man; one was 80 or older and the other was in his or her 60s. One appears to have died at a hospital, the other at another healthcare facility.
There have now been 65 COVID-related deaths this year, including 13 in February and 23 in January. Thus far, 16 have been reported in August.
The Health Department reported 29 new cases on Friday. Monday’s statistics (local or state) had not been released as of this writing.
An infographic from FirstHealth of the Carolinas on Aug. 20 shows 89 COVID-positive patients (there were 92 on Thursday):
- 78 are unvaccinated, 11 are vaccinated
- All 11 patients in ICU are unvaccinated
- All seven patients on ventilators are unvaccinated
National, state and local health officials continue to encourage residents to get vaccinated.
Because of limited supplies of the Pfizer vaccine, which is the only one authorized for kids aged 12-17, Interim Health Director Cheryl Speight said the Health Department is limiting it to the younger population and giving the Moderna shot to adults. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is no longer available through the Health Department.
Vaccines are available at the Health Department Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Fridays from 8-11 a.m. There is no charge and no appointment necessary.