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9th COVID-related death reported in Richmond County

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ROCKINGHAM — A ninth Richmond County resident has died from complications related to COVID-19, the Health Department reported early Monday evening.


Health and Human Services Director Dr. Tommy Jarrell said his department was notified of the death Monday morning and that the unnamed individual was hospitalized in another county.

“Please join us with your thoughts and prayers for this family today during this time of their loss,” he said in a press release.

According to Jarrell, the nine individuals whose deaths have been attributed to the coronavirus are between the ages of 31 and 92.

The most recent death before Monday was reported on July 21.

The county’s first death attributed to COVID-19 was reported on April 10; the second was on April 17; the third on May 30;  the fourth on June 8; the fifth on June 11; the sixth on June 29; and the seventh on June 30.

According to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, 1982 deaths have been attributed to the coronavirus across the state. The highest number reported in one day was 33 on May 25.

The past several days have seen fewer cases than were reported last week.

The Richmond County Health Department reported four new cases on Monday and two each on Friday and Saturday. The county’s total number of cases now stands at 486.

As of Monday, there were 119 active cases with six hospitalized and 113 under home isolation.

Cases have also been on a downward trend statewide, with DHHS reporting 1,313 new cases — the second-lowest number since at least July 3. The lowest was 1,268 on July 20.

The Health Department reports that 359 residents have now recovered from the coronavirus, an increase of four since July 30.

DHHS estimates that 105,093 North Carolinans have recovered. A new estimate is released each Monday.

BY THE NUMBERS

The number of local cases per age group are as follows:

  • 0-18 - 57
  • 19-30 - 82
  • 31-40 - 74
  • 41-50 - 92
  • 50-64 - 109
  • 65-older - 74

(Note: On July 30, the Health department reported 110 cases for the 50-64 age group.)

The number of cases per ZIP code are as follows:

  • Rockingham - 282 (204 recovered)
  • Hamlet - 123 (99 recovered)
  • Ellerbe - 51 (38 recovered)
  • Hoffman - 23 (17 recovered)
  • Mount Gilead - 7 (1 recovered)

DHHS reports that 34 of the state’s 100 counties that have now experienced more than 1,000 total cases: Alamance, Brunswick, Burke, Buncombe, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Catawba, Chatham, Cleveland, Cumberland, Davidson, Duplin, Durham, Forsyth, Gaston, Granville, Guilford, Harnett, Henderson, Iredell, Johnston, Lee, Mecklenburg, New Hanover, Orange, Pitt, Randolph, Rowan, Robeson, Sampson, Union, Wake, Wayne and Wilson.

Graham County, in the mountains bordering Tennessee, has the state’s fewest number of cases with 27. Madison County has the second-fewest total with 40.

Hyde County, in the eastern part of the state, remains at 37 and Gates now has 45.  No other coastal counties have fewer than 50 cases.

The total numbers (including recoveries) for surrounding counties are as follows:

  • Mecklenburg -21,015 (the only other county to top 10,000 is Wake with 11,235)
  • Union - 2,823
  • Stanly - 906
  • Montgomery - 594
  • Anson - 298
  • Moore - 924 (143 active)
  • Hoke - 674
  • Scotland - 286
  • Robeson - 2,658

All numbers except Moore are from DHHS, which is from the local health department, as there has been a discrepancy with the state showing fewer cases. 

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is reporting 706 cases in Chesterfield County and 443 in Marlboro County.

William R. Toler

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