As of March 24, the first reported death due to COVID-19 has occurred in the state of North Carolina. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) reported that the first death was an individual from Cabarrus County.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper issued his sympathies in a Tweet, stating that the coronavirus is a real threat and that social distancing and other precautions should be taken seriously.
We extend our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones. This is a stark warning that for some people COVID-19 is a serious illness. All of us must do our part to stop the spread by staying at home as much as possible and practicing social distancing. - RC— Governor Roy Cooper (@NC_Governor) March 25, 2020
“We extend our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones. This is a stark warning that for some people COVID-19 is a serious illness. All of us must do our part to stop the spread by staying at home as much as possible and practicing social distancing,” Cooper said in the Tweet.
Governor Cooper’s official website posted a press release detailing the event. The release stated that the victim passed away from complications associated with the virus, and were in their late seventies.
In addition, the release also said that the coronavirus claimed a second victim in the state, a Virginia resident in their sixties who passed through North Carolina while traveling. Similarly to the first victim, the Virginia resident also died because of complications with the virus.
The NCDHHS has now recorded a total of 504 reported cases of the virus out of the 10,489 administered tests statewide, and two deaths within the state.
Cooper’s press release then recapped a short list of those that are considered to be the highest risk for contracting the virus. He said in the press release that those that are 65 years or older, live in a nursing home or a care facility and have high-risk conditions have the greatest risk.
Chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, a compromised immune system, severe obesity, heart disease with complications, and other underlying medical conditions are considered high-risk conditions that may increase the chances of contracting the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For more information about high-risk conditions or tips from the governor can be found at the NCDHHS website.