Thursday, 15 October 2020 12:38

Health Department announces Richmond County's 25th COVID-related death

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ROCKINGHAM — County health officials announced the 25th COVID-related death around noon Thursday.

According to Health and Human Services Director Dr. Tommy Jarrell, the patient died Tuesday, Oct. 13 at a health care facility in Richmond County

“Please join us with your thoughts and prayers for this family,” Jarrell said.

This is the sixth death for the month of October, with three being reported on Oct. 3 and the fourth reported Oct. 7. The most recent was reported on Monday.

The Department also recently reported another death from September, bringing that month’s total to seven.

The 25 residents have ranged in age from 31 to 95 years old: eight have been in their 60s; eight 80 or older; six in their 70s; two in their 50s; and one who was 31.

The race and gender breakdown is as follows: three African American females, five African American males, 10 Caucasian females and seven Caucasian males.

Most patients have died in a hospital, although two were in a healthcare facility and one was outside a healthcare setting, reports show.

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

According to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, there had been 3,856 COVID-related deaths across the state as of Oct. 14. Johns Hopkins University reports there have been 217,155 COVID-related deaths in the U.S. and 1,093,921 globally.

Hospitalizations have been on the rise in the state in October, reaching a high of 1,152 on Wednesday. Records show that 425 patients suspected of having COVID-19 were admitted within the past 24 hours.

As of Wednesday, Richmond County has had a total of 1,213 positive cases of the coronavirus, with 1,057 patients having recovered. Conversely, there have also been 11,301 negative test results.

Thursday’s figures will be released later in the day.