Monday, 15 November 2021 13:53

Health Department announces Richmond County's 146th COVID-related death

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ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond County Health Department on Monday reported another COVID-related death, bringing the pandemic total to 146.

According to the Health Department, the updated race and gender breakdown is as follows: 22 African American females, 25 African American males, three “other race” females, one “other race” male, two Hispanic females, three Hispanic males, two American Indian males, 46 Caucasian females and 42 Caucasian males.

All patients have been between the ages of 31 and 95: 36 have been 80 or older; 35 have been in their 70s; 40 in their 60s; 22 in their 50s; eight in their 40s; and five in their 30s.

Of the county’s deaths, 114 have been at a hospital, 25 have passed away in another healthcare facility and seven have died outside of a health setting.

Based on previous reports, the latest death is that of a Caucasian male in his 50s who died in a hospital.

So far, there have been two COVID-related deaths in November. There were 11 COVID-related deaths in September, 13 in February and 23 in both January and August.

North Carolina has recorded a total of 18,437 COVID-related deaths — 333 since Nov. 1 — according to the state Department of Health and Human Services.

The Health Department reported 30 new cases from Nov. 6-12 and only issued reports on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The latest cases had not been reported at the time of this writing.

As of 1:45 p.m., Richmond County Schools had reported four new student cases Monday — two at Washington Street Elementary, one each at Fairview Heights and Mineral Springs — bringing the total for this school year to 359. That’s an increase of 19 since Nov. 1.

There have also been 54 staff-related cases since classes started back.

As of Friday, the Health Department reported that 19,748 residents had been vaccinated.

Vaccines are now approved for anyone aged 5 or older.

COVID vaccinations and boosters are available at the Health Department from 8 a.m. -5 p.m. Monday-Thursday 8-5, and 8-11 a.m. on Fridays with no appointment needed.