Monday, 26 October 2020 15:23

31st death, 6 new COVID cases reported; testing site opens at Ellerbe Middle

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ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond County Health Department on Monday afternoon made the second COVID-related death announcement of the day.

According to Health and Human Services Director Dr. Tommy Jarrell, the Health Department was notified that the latest patient died Sunday in a local healthcare facility.

That makes a dozen during the month of October, the seventh in the past 11 days and the 31st resident to die with the coronavirus since the pandemic began seven months ago.

Of those who have died, 23 have died in a hospital, six have died in another healthcare facility and two have died outside of a healthcare setting, according to Jarrell.

All patients have been between the ages of 31 and 95: 11 have been 80 or older; nine have been in their 60s; eight 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, 14 Caucasian females and nine Caucasian males.

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 4,170 COVID-related deaths across the state as of noon Oct. 26. Johns Hopkins University reports (as of 3:05 p.m. Oct. 26) there have been 225,434 COVID-related deaths in the U.S. and 1,157,051 globally.

The Health Department reported six new cases on Monday, for an overall total of 1,397. 

There are currently 138 active cases, with 132 under home isolation and six hospitalized.

Of the tests performed, 13,199 have been negative.

Richmond County Schools on Monday reported one new case of a central office staff member.

According to the N.C. Department of Public Safety, there are currently 51 active cases involving inmates at Morrison Correctional Institution in Hoffman.

Women have accounted for 55 percent of the county’s cases.

Statewide, 60 percent of the counties have seen more than 1,000 total cases. 

Camden County, in the northeast corner of the state, has had the fewest with 135.

A testing site opened Monday at Ellerbe Middle School. It will be open Tuesday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Anyone interested in being tested is encouraged to register by calling 877-562-4850 or visiting