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Thursday, 02 September 2021 11:29

Health Department announces Richmond County's 127th COVID-related death

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ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond County Health Department on Thursday reported the first COVID-related death for the month of September.

According to the Health Department, the updated race and gender breakdown is as follows: 21 African American females, 20 African American males, three “other race” females, one “other race” male, two Hispanic females, one Hispanic male, two American Indian males, 41 Caucasian females and 36 Caucasian males.

All patients have been between the ages of 31 and 95: 34 have been 80 or older; 32 have been in their 70s; 37 in their 60s; 16 in their 50s; six in their 40s and two in their 30s.

Of the county’s deaths, 97 have been at a hospital, 23 have passed away in another healthcare facility and seven have died outside of a health setting.

Based on previous reports, the most recent death was that of an African American man in his 40s.

There have now been 73 COVID-related deaths this year, including 13 in February and 23 in both January and August. Neighboring Scotland County had 15 COVID-related deaths this month, according to a spokesman.

The county’s overall COVID death toll is 127 since April of 2020.

As of Sept. 1, there had been 14,529 statewide, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Health Department has temporarily exhausted supplies of the Pfizer vaccine, which was primarily being administered to those aged 12-17, as it is the only one authorized for anyone under 18.

Interim Health Director Cheryl Speight said supplies should be restocked by Tuesday. Meanwhile, she said the Moderna vaccine is available.

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.

The Health Department will not be open Monday in observance of Labor Day.


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