Friday, 23 October 2020 11:27

Richmond County Health Department announces another COVID death, 9th this month

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ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond County Health Department on Friday announced the ninth COVID-related death this month, bringing the total to 28.

Health and Human Services Director Dr. Tommy Jarrell said in a press release that the department was notified that the patient, who had tested positive for the coronavirus, died outside of a healthcare facility earlier in the week.

This is the second resident to die outside of a hospital or other healthcare facility, according to the Health Department. Twenty-two have died in a hospital, mostly outside Richmond County, and four have died in another type of healthcare facility, such as a nursing home.

All those who have died were between the ages of 31 and 95: 10 have been 80 or older; nine have been in their 60s; 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, 12 Caucasian females and eight Caucasian males.

Seven deaths were reported for September.

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 4,082 COVID-related deaths across the state as of Oct. 22. Johns Hopkins University reports there have been 223,087 COVID-related deaths in the U.S. and 1,138,955 globally.

Richmond County has now had a total of 1,374 positive cases of COVID-19, with 1,165 having recovered. The Health Department reports that 12,711 tests have returned negative.

Although there was a spike of new cases earlier in the week, the trend has slowed with 16 new cases reported Wednesday and only nine reported Thursday. There have only been three reporting days (the Health Department doesn’t release numbers on Sundays) with fewer than 10 cases this month.

Prior to Friday’s update, there were 182 active cases in the county, with 174 under home isolation and eight hospitalized.

There have been 101 new cases reported so far this week and 327 during October. There were 358 new positive cases reported in September, which has, thus far, been the most in one month since the first case was reported in April.

According to DHHS, there were 2,400 new cases reported statewide Oct. 22, with hospitalizations reaching a new daily high of 1,205.