Tuesday, 19 January 2021 16:32

Richmond County reports 63rd COVID-related death

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ROCKINGHAM — About an hour after releasing the daily COVID update, the Richmond County Health Department reported Tuesday’s second death.

This makes the 10th COVID-related death for the county this week and the 63rd since April of 2020.

Last week, the Health Department reported two deaths on Jan. 13, one on Jan. 14 and three on Jan. 15 and one on Jan. 16. There was also one reported Jan. 8.

According to a press release, the death occurred at a local health care facility, making 15 total in that setting. Forty-four residents have died in a hospital and four have passed away outside of a healthcare setting.

The race and gender breakdown is as follows: 11 African American females, eight African American males, one “other race” female, one “other race,” male, one Hispanic female, two American Indian males, 21 Caucasian females and 18 Caucasian males.

All patients have been between the ages of 31 and 95: 20 have been 80 or older; 19 have been in their 70s; 17 in their 60s; six in their 50s; and one who was 31.

Judging from previous reports, the most recent death was that of a Caucasian female 80 or older.

There have been 8,139 COVID-related deaths across the state, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.