Thursday, 22 July 2021 14:33

99th COVID-related death recorded in Richmond County

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ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County’s COVID death toll inches closer to 100 with the Health Department announcing the 99th virus-related death.

Interim Health Director Cheryl Speight issued a press release Thursday afternoon announcing that a Richmond County resident died from COVID-related issues within the past 24 hours.

It appears the unnamed resident died in a hospital, making 74 in that location, according to a press release. Additionally, 20 have passed away in another healthcare facility and five have died outside of a health setting.

According to the Health  Department, the race and gender breakdown is as follows: 18 African American females, 14 African American males, two “other race” females, one “other race” male, two Hispanic females, two American Indian males, 29 Caucasian females and 31 Caucasian males.

All patients have been between the ages of 31 and 95: 27 have been 80 or older; 28 have been in their 70s; 29 in their 60s; 11 in their 50s; three in their 40s and one who was 31.

Judging from previous reports, the most recent death was that of an African American woman in her 60s.

This is the first COVID-related death in nearly a month. The most recent was reported on June 28. Deaths have decreased in recent months, with four reported in May.

There have now been 46 so far this year, including 13 in February and 23 in January. There were also 15 in October and 13 in December of 2020.

According to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, the state has recorded a total 13,420 COVID-related deaths as of July 21 according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. There have been 142 since June 28.

On Wednesday, the Health Department reported 93 new cases for the week, up from 69 on July 14 and 38 on July 7. 

Ten residents were reportedly hospitalized with COVID-19 when the numbers were released. Statewide hospitalizations were back up to 751 on July 21, increasing by more than 50 from the previous day.

New daily cases continue to climb, reaching 1,800 on Thursday. Cases had dropped to a low of 55 on June 26.

All three vaccines with emergency use authorization in the U.S. are available in Richmond County. However, local health officials are trying to reserve the Pfizer vaccine for teenagers, as it is currently the only one authorized for use on those aged 12 and up. Moderna is now seeking the same approval.

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.