Health department reports first death from COVID-19 of Camden County resident

[photo courtesy Camden County Government]

Albemarle Regional Health Services has received notification confirming the first death associated with COVID-19 in a Camden County resident.

The individual was over the age of 65 and succumbed to complications from COVID-19. To protect the family’s privacy, no further information about this patient will be released.

“As we enter another month in this COVID pandemic response, unfortunately, this death reminds us that the end is far from over. My thoughts go out to this family and all others impacted by this illness,” said R. Battle Betts, Jr., ARHS Health Director.

“It is important we stay the course and do all we can to minimize the impact on our communities and most vulnerable by wearing a cloth face covering, maintaining physical distance of at least six feet, and practicing good handwashing. We cannot let our guard down,” Betts said.

ARHS is continuing to ask our community citizens to be mindful in practicing preventive and safety measures.

These precautions include:

  • 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.

For more information about COVID-19, visit these sites:
Albemarle Regional Health Services – or call 252-338-WELL
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services –
Center for Disease Control –

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