Health officials report first coronavirus-related death in Pasquotank County

Posted at 8:58 PM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 21:01:26-04

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. - Albemarle Regional Health Services (ARHS) announced Monday that one person in Pasquotank County has died from complications due to the coronavirus.

This is the first COVID-19-related death of a Pasquotank County resident.

The person, who was over the age of 65, succumbed to complications associated with the virus. To protect the family’s privacy, ARHS will not release any further information about the person.

“It is with deep regret that we make this announcement and we extend our deepest condolences to the individual’s family and friends,” states R. Battle Betts Jr., MPA, Health Director. “It is still important for our community to practice prevention measures needed to slow the spread of COVID-19, especially handwashing, sanitation, and social distancing.”

ARHS is continuing to ask our community citizens to be mindful in practicing preventive and safety measures by doing the following:

  • 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

To slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the number of people infected, communities should be following the guidance set by local, state and federal officials to reduce frequency of contact and increase physical distance between people, thereby reducing the risks of person-to-person transmission.

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