Health Department confirms first county death related to Covid-19

Published 1:46 pm Thursday, April 9, 2020

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Stanly County Health Department has reported the first death in the county associated with Covid-19.

The person died Thursday from complications associated with the virus, according to a health department press release. The person was in their 60s and had underlying health conditions. The case was related to travel in an area of high risk.

To protect the privacy of the family, the Health Department will release no further information.

“We are very saddened by this news and continue to encourage our community to take the necessary precautions to limit the spread of this serious disease,” said David Jenkins, Stanly County Health and Human Services director.

As of Thursday, the health department has reported 10 confirmed cases of Covid-19.

North Carolina currently has 3,651 confirmed cases and 65 deaths, according to the state’s Department of Health and Human Services.

The health department recommends for people to stay home, wash their hands for at least 20 seconds, avoid people who are sick, practice proper social distancing by staying six feet away from each other and wear a mask or face covering when in public.

About Chris Miller

Chris Miller has been with the SNAP since January 2019. He is a graduate of NC State and received his Master's in Journalism from the University of Maryland. He previously wrote for the Capital News Service in Annapolis, where many of his stories on immigration and culture were published in national papers via the AP wire.

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