North Carolina reports first coronavirus deaths

Governor Roy Cooper at the Emergency Operations Center. Photo by Robert Clark, North State Journal

RALEIGH – The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today announced the first novel coronavirus (COVID-19) associated deaths.

NCDHHS reported a person from Cabarrus County died on Tuesday, March 24 from complications associated with the virus. The patient was in their late seventies and had several underlying medical conditions. A second person in their sixties was traveling from Virginia through North Carolina also died from COVID-19 complications. The department, to protect the families’ privacy, said it would not release further information about the patients.

“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,” said Gov. Roy Cooper.

Cabarrus County reported their first case of COVID-19 on March 16.