Nash County reports first COVID-19-related death


NASHVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – A Nash County man in his 70s died Tuesday in what would be the county’s first coronavirus-related death, the health department said.

The patient had underlying conditions and died from complications related to the disease, the Nash County Health Department said on Wednesday.

“It is with great sadness that we announce our first death associated with the COVID-19 pandemic that has spread across our State and Nation,” said William Hill Jr., Nash County’s health director.

Hill stressed the importance of staying at home and practicing social distancing to help slow the spread of the virus.

“I want our community to know that their decisions impact the outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Hill said.

The Nash County Health Department said no further information on the patient would be released.

As of Tuesday morning, there were at least 3,221 cases of the virus across North Carolina and 46 deaths are being associated with it.

COVID-19 timeline

  • March 3: NCDHHS announces state’s first COVID-19 case
  • March 10: Gov. Roy Cooper declares State of Emergency
  • March 11: World Health Organization declares COVID-19 a pandemic
  • March 13: President Donald Trump declares a National Emergency
  • March 14: Cooper issues Executive Order 117 closing K-12 public schools until at least March 30 and banning gatherings of more than 100 people
  • March 16: NCDHHS recommends no mass gatherings for more than 50 people
  • March 17: Cooper issues Executive Order 118 limiting operations of restaurants and bars, and broadening unemployment insurance benefits
  • March 23: Cooper issues Executive Order 120 which closes public K-12 schools through May 15 and orders businesses such as barbershops and salons to close.
  • March 25: North Carolina reports its first coronavirus-related deaths
  • March 29: Trump extends social distancing orders through the end of April
  • March 31: Cooper signs Executive Order 124 which prohibits utilities from disconnecting people who are unable to pay during the pandemic.
  • April 7: Cooper will sign executive orders limiting customers in retailers and offers child care assistance to certain workers
  • April 14: Coronavirus-related deaths top 100 in North Carolina
  • April 24: Cooper extends stay-at-home order to May 8
  • May 5: Cooper announces Phase One of reopening will being May 8

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