Wednesday, 25 March 2020 19:23

Richmond County still clear of COVID-19; virus contributes to 9 deaths in the Carolinas

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ROCKINGHAM — Health officials have yet to confirm a case of COVID-19 in Richmond County as the virus continues to spread across the country and the world.

According to the daily update, 134 residents have been tested and all of the 43 results that have been returned have all been negative.

While Richmond and Anson are still in the clear, more cases are popping up in surrounding counties.

According to the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office, the neighboring South Carolina county has two new cases, bringing the total to three.

The sheriff’s office there also announced a curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day in all unincorporated areas starting Wednesday and lasting until further notice.

“The curfew does not apply to travel to/from work, medical providers, pharmacies, or similar locations, nor is the curfew an order that any businesses, industry, etc. close during the curfew hours,” the post reads.

Like other municipalities, including in Richmond County, Chesterfield is closing its offices to the public.

Marlboro County is also reporting one confirmed case of COVID-19.

The Palmetto State has also had a total of seven deaths related to the coronavirus, according to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Health officials there say both victims were elderly. The one from Florence County reportedly had underlying health conditions, while the other, from Horry County, did not.

Meanwhile, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported on Wednesday that there were two deaths due to COVID-19 complications in the Tar Heel State.

“A person from Cabarrus County died on March 24 from complications associated with the virus,” reads a press release. “The patient was in their late seventies and had several underlying medical conditions. 

“A second person in their sixties, from Virginia who was traveling through North Carolina also died from COVID-19 complications.”

Mecklenburg County leads the state with 142 cases — more than Wake and Durham counties combined — of the state’s total of 502.

The rapid rise prompted county officials to issue a shelter-in-place order on Tuesday. The order goes into effect Thursday and lasts until April 16.

During Wednesday’s press briefing, Gov. Roy Cooper was reluctant to come right out and say there were plans to institute a statewide shelter-in-place order.

“We want people to stay home,” Cooper said. “Local communities are doing what they think is right, and I understand that.”

However, the governor cryptically added, “We will be issuing additional orders soon.”

Richmond County Health and Human Services Director Dr. Tommy Jarrell said he is not aware of any discussion regarding a curfew or shelter in place order locally.

Ellerbe Mayor Fred Cloninger said that the town’s monthly meeting has been rescheduled for April 20.

“We will evaluate the situation and decide whether that date will be viable,” he added.

Hamlet, however, is going ahead with a budget planning meeting at the Hamlet Library on March 31.


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