Monday, 20 September 2021 11:25

135th COVID death recorded in Richmond County

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ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond County Health Department on Monday announced the ninth COVID-related death for September.

The latest death brings the county’s pandemic total to 135 since the first was reported in April of 2020.

According to the Health Department, the updated race and gender breakdown is as follows: 21 African American females, 23 African American males, three “other race” females, one “other race” male, two Hispanic females, two Hispanic males, two American Indian males, 42 Caucasian females and 39 Caucasian males.

All patients have been between the ages of 31 and 95: 34 have been 80 or older; 33 have been in their 70s; 38 in their 60s; 19 in their 50s; eight in their 40s and three in their 30s.

Of the county’s deaths, 105 have been at a hospital, 23 have passed away in another healthcare facility and seven have died outside of a health setting.

Based on previous reports, the most recent death was that of a Caucasian man in his 30s who died in a hospital. This is the second person younger than 40 to die a COVID-related death this year.

The Health Department reported on Wednesday that 26 residents were in a hospital with the coronavirus.

As of Sept. 17, North Carolina has recorded 15,615 COVID-related deaths — according to the state Department of Health and Human Services. (Monday's numbers had not yet been updated.)

The Health Department reported Friday that 17,579 county residents have been fully vaccinated.

Both the vaccines manufactured by Pfizer and Moderna are available through the Health Department, where they are available Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Fridays from 8-11 a.m. There is no charge and no appointment necessary.

Because of increased demand, the Health Department on Monday changed its testing hours.

Testing is available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m at the Health Department and a secondary site will open at Cole Auditorium on the campus of Richmond Community College Sept. 29 and run from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.