Tuesday, 03 August 2021 15:43

COVID-related deaths in Richmond County now at 107

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ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond County Health Department on Tuesday announced the 107th COVID-related death since April of 2020 and the sixth since last Friday.

According to the Health Department, the race and gender breakdown is as follows: 19 African American females, 16 African American males, two “other race” females, one “other race” male, two Hispanic females, two American Indian males, 31 Caucasian females and 34 Caucasian males.

All patients have been between the ages of 31 and 95: 30 have been 80 or older; 30 have been in their 70s; 30 in their 60s; 13 in their 50s; three in their 40s and one who was 31.

Based on previous reports, the most recent death was that of an African American woman in her 80s.

Of the county’s 107 deaths, 80 have been at a hospital, 21 have passed away in another healthcare facility and six have died outside of a health setting.

There have now been 54 COVID-related deaths in the county so far this year, including 13 in February and 23 in January. Ten deaths have been reported since June 28, including four last week and three on Monday.

Statewide, there have been 13,679 COVID-related deaths, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

New daily cases in North Carolina have been higher than 2,000 since July 28, topping out at 3,302 Aug. 1. The Health Department reported 113 for the week last Wednesday and the next update is expected Aug. 4.

Earlier on Wednesday, FirstHealth announced that it was changing its visitation rules, only allowing one support person per patient in its facilities.

Drive-thru testing is available from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Health Department.

As of Thursday, 35% of the county’s population has been fully vaccinated, just more than half of the county’s 66% goal.

Vaccines are available at the Health Department Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Fridays from 8-11 a.m.

The Health Department is offering $25 cards to those getting the first dose of the vaccine and to drivers who transport the patients.

There is no charge and no appointment necessary.