Thursday, 21 January 2021 10:56

2 more COVID-related deaths reported in Richmond County

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ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond County Health Department on Thursday announced that two more residents who had tested positive for the coronavirus have died.

Local health officials say both individuals died within the past 24 hours.

This makes six county residents to die COVID-related deaths in the past three days. The Health Department reported two deaths each on Wednesday and Tuesday.

So far, there have been 67 COVID-related deaths from Richmond County since April of 2020 and the 14 this month. There were 15 reported in October and 13 in December.

It appears both residents died in a hospital, as the Health Department shows 48 of the deaths have occurred in that setting. Fifteen have died in another healthcare facility and four have passed away outside of a health setting.

The race and gender breakdown is as follows: 13 African American females, nine African American males, one “other race” female, one “other race,” male, one Hispanic female, two American Indian males, 22 Caucasian females and 18 Caucasian males.

All patients have been between the ages of 31 and 95: 20 have been 80 or older; 21 have been in their 70s; 17 in their 60s; eight in their 50s; and one who was 31.

There have been 8,200 COVID-related deaths across the state as of Jan. 20, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. Thursday’s statistics have not yet been released as of this writing.

According to Johns Hopkins University, there have been 406,384 COVID-related deaths in the U.S. and 2,078,315 globally.