Carteret Reports First COVID-19 Death; Victim Not County Resident

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A Virginia man has died in Carteret County as a result of COVID-19, the county health department reported Monday afternoon. The patient was in his 80s, and the county reported that he had several underlying health conditions.

However, a medical provider with first-hand knowledge of the situation said the patient did not suffer from any serious underlying health issues, and that his death was directly caused by COVID-19. The man was a patient at Carteret Health Care and had refused aggressive medical treatment before his death.

The death will not be reflected on the North Carolina Dept. of Health and Human Services COVID-19 count for confirmed cases and deaths in the county. An 11th COVID-19 case was reported in the county earlier today, making the Virigina man’s case the 12th in-county, despite official reporting.

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“We extend our deepest sympathies to the family and loved ones,” said Health Director Stephanie Cannon. “For high risk individuals, this virus can cause serious illness and in some cases be fatal. It’s time for everyone to stay at home and slow the spread of this virus in our community.” Cannon added.

At least four other people were admitted to Carteret Health Care Monday with symptoms of COVID-19, according to the medical provider.