Tuesday, 07 September 2021 15:05

Richmond County records 130th COVID death, 109 new cases over Labor Day weekend

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ROCKINGHAM — There have now been 130 Richmond County residents to succumb to complications associated with COVID-19.

The Richmond County Health Department announced the latest COVID-related death on Tuesday, after reporting two on Saturday.

According to the Health Department, the updated race and gender breakdown is as follows: 21 African American females, 22 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 37 Caucasian males.

All patients have been between the ages of 31 and 95: 34 have been 80 or older; 33 have been in their 70s; 37 in their 60s; 17 in their 50s; seven in their 40s and two in their 30s.

Of the county’s deaths, 100 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 a Caucasian man in his 50s.

Four of the last six COVID-related deaths have been of African American men, according to Health Department reports.

The recent death bring the September total to four. The first was announced Sept. 2.

There have now been 76 COVID-related deaths this year, including 13 in February and 23 in both January and August.

On Tuesday, there had been 14,831 statewide, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services — an increase of 123 in the two days since Sept. 3.

The Health Department also reported 109 new cases since Friday — the same as the first three days of the month — bringing September’s case total to 218 in the first week.

Richmond County Schools reports that three more staff members and 21 students have tested positive over the Labor Day weekend. 

According to the RCS COVID Tracker, there were two staff members from Mineral Springs and one from Washington Street Elementary.

The student count includes:

  • Eight at Hamlet Middle;
  • Three each at Washington Street Elementary and Richmond Senior High; and
  • One each at Fairview Heights, L.J. Bell and Monroe Avenue Elementary; Ellerbe and Rockingham Middle; Richmond Early College High School and the Ninth Grade Academy.

With classes entering their third week, RCS has had a total of 12 staff members (two at Central Services, 10 at the schools) and 89 students to test positive.

Every school in the district has now had at least one case of the coronavirus among students, with Hamlet Middle now leading with 20, followed by 19 at the high school and nine at the Early College. All other schools have had six or fewer total cases.

NCDHHS has reported more than 25,000 new cases over the past four days, however some of the 4,124 reported Tuesday were from cases that went unreported last week because of a technical issue.

Statewide COVID-related hospitalizations remain high (3,779 as of Sept. 6), according to the state dashboard.

Of the 83 COVID patients at FirstHealth’s hospitals 12 are vaccinated and 71 are not, according to an infographic. All but one of the 13 COVID patients in ICU and four on ventilators are unvaccianted.

According to the Health Department, 17,077 Richmond County residents have been fully vaccinated — an increase of 188 since Friday.

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.