Saturday, 24 October 2020 12:41

Health Department reports Richmond County's 29th COVID-related death

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ROCKINGHAM— Health officials on Saturday reported Richmond County’s 29th COVID-related death, making it the 10th in October.


Health and Human Services Director Dr. Tommy Jarrell said the Health Department was notified Saturday morning that the patient died in a local healthcare facility.

This is the fifth resident to die in a healthcare facility. Twenty-two have died in a hospital and two have died outside of a healthcare setting, according to Jarrell.

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; seven 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 nine Caucasian males.

This is the third death reported this week and the 10th for the month. 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 4,144 COVID-related deaths across the state as of noon Oct. 24. Johns Hopkins University reports there have been 224,188 COVID-related deaths in the U.S. and 1,142,221 globally.