First coronavirus-related death reported in northeastern North Carolina

Regional health officials have announced northeastern North Carolina’s first fatality related to COVID-19 coronavirus, bringing the death toll to more than a dozen residents statewide on Wednesday.

Albemarle Regional Health Services said Wednesday a person from Bertie County over the age of 65 succumbed to complications associated with the virus at a local hospital.

“It is with deep regret that we make this announcement and we extend our sincere condolences to the individual’s family and friends,” said R. Battle Betts Jr., Health Director for the agency that serves eight counties in the northeast.

“As we reflect on this tragedy, let us remain vigilant in the daily steps crucial to keep us all safe, especially handwashing, sanitation, and social distancing,” Betts said.

Public health interventions are and will continue to be an important tool to reduce transmission and prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to a statement from ARHS.

Bertie County, which is located 50 miles west of the Outer Banks on the western shore of the Albemarle Sound, reported six cases to the state as of Wednesday morning.

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