Second coronavirus-related death reported in Bertie County

Posted at 6:14 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 18:21:26-04

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. - Albemarle Regional Health Services (ARHS) said a second death associated with COVID-19 has been reported in Bertie County resident.

The patient was over the age of 65 and died from complications associated with the virus.

Officials said, to protect the family’s privacy, no further information about this patient will be released.

“We are extremely saddened by the loss of one of our community members. We extend our deepest sympathies to their loved ones. Our heart goes out to all those suffering from this virus,” states R. Battle Betts Jr., MPA, Health Director. “It is still imperative that our community continue to practice prevention measures needed to slow the spread of COVID-19, especially handwashing, sanitation, and social distancing.”

Precautions to keep in mind to stay healthy:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Practice social distancing; stay at least six feet away from others, avoid unnecessary travel, avoid handshakes, hugs and other close contact.
  • Wear a cloth face covering in public when social distancing measures are hard to maintain

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