Monday, 22 February 2021 11:51

Richmond County reports 2 more COVID-related deaths

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ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond County Health Department on Monday announced two new COVID-related deaths.

The latest deaths bring the county’s total number of COVID-related deaths to 89 since the first was reported in April 2020. There have been 36 so far this year — 13 this month and 23 in January. There were also 15 in October and 13 in December of 2020.

Four deaths were announced last week, including one each on Monday and Tuesday and two on Wednesday.

It appears both residents died in a hospital. However, the press release gives no indication on when they passed away.

Of all the COVID-related deaths, 62 people have died in a hospital, 23 in a health care facility and four outside of a health setting, according to the Health Department.

The race and gender breakdown is as follows: 16 African American females, 12 African American males, two “other race” females, one “other race,” male, two Hispanic females, two American Indian males, 27 Caucasian females and 27 Caucasian males.

All patients have been between the ages of 31 and 95: 25 have been 80 or older; 27 have been in their 70s; 26 in their 60s; 10 in their 50s; and one who was 31.

It appears, based on previous reports, one death was that of an African American female, the other of a Caucasian female. One was 80 or older and the other was in her 60s.

There have been 10,926 COVID-related deaths in North Carolina as of Feb. 21, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. Monday’s numbers have not yet been released. The state topped the 10,000 mark on Feb. 9.

When compared to the other five counties with similar populations (43,000-48,000) Richmond now ranks the highest.

Records with the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (which may not be up to date with county records, as only 87 are recorded for Richmond) show the following death totals:

  • Vance - 78
  • Beaufort - 79 (including the mayor of Washington)
  • McDowell - 55
  • Stokes - 64
  • Jackson - 48

According to Johns Hopkins University, as of 11:35 a.m. Feb. 22, the U.S. leads the world’s nations in COVID-related deaths with 499,075. The U.S. has had more than twice the number of deaths in Brazil, which is second with 246,504. There have been 2,468,785 worldwide.