Monday, 21 September 2020 15:14

Richmond County records 16th COVID-related death

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ROCKINGHAM — The 16th Richmond County resident has died with COVID-19, the Health Department reported Monday afternoon.

Health and Human Services Director Dr. Tommy Jarrell said his department was notified Monday afternoon that the patient died in a local hospital.

“Please join us with your thoughts and prayers for this family today during this time of their loss,” Jarrell said.

All those who have died have been between the ages of 31 and 95 and include two African American women, three African American men, five Caucasian females and six caucasian men.

This is the fourth death reported in September. The others were reported on Sept. 11, 14 and 15.

Most patients have died in a hospital, except for two: who died at a congregate living facility in the county; and one whose location was not given.

It is also not known if any of the patients had underlying conditions.

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; the seventh on June 30; the eighth on July 21; the ninth on Aug. 2; the 10th on Aug. 27; the 11th on Aug. 28; and the 12th on Aug. 13.

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported Monday that there had been 3,247 COVID-related deaths statewide.

Earlier in the day, the Health Department reported 36 new cases of the coronavirus, including 19 at Morrison Correctional.

Nine patients are currently hospitalized.