Appalachian State student dies following COVID-19 complications

Posted at 1:57 PM, Sep 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-30 13:57:44-04

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An Appalachian State University student has died after suffering from coronavirus complications.

Nineteen-year-old Chad Dorrill is the first reported COVID-related death within the University of North Carolina system since in-person classes resumed.

Dorrill lived off campus in Boone and took all of his classes online. Nearly 550 students have tested positive for COVID-19 at Appalachian State.

The university remains open for in-person classes. UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University and East Carolina University halted physical learning in classrooms to undergraduate students last month due to clusters of COVID-19 outbreaks.