Catawba County Announces First Coronavirus Death

CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. — Health officials in Catawba County announced the county's first COVID-19 related death Friday. 

Catawba County Public Health said the patient died on March 30 from complications associated with the virus after being hospitalized. Health officials were notified of the patient's test result Friday. 

The person was in their early 70s and had underlying medical conditions. Health officials also announced four new cases of coronavirus in Catawba County, bringing the county's total to 20. 

"We extend our deepest condolences to this person’s loved ones. This is news no one wants to hear," said Catawba County Health Director Jennifer McCracken. "This death is an unfortunate milestone in our efforts to fight this disease, and one that none of us ever wanted to see."

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