Northampton County Health Department has been investigating cases of COVID-19 in our community, both in the individual settings and outbreak settings. Part of that investigation also includes looking for possible COVID-19 related death events. Our county has been informed that we have had a potential COVID-related death by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Northampton County Health Department offers its sincerest sympathy for the family of this case, and for all families and individuals impacted by COVID illness.

According to NCDHHS, a novel coronavirus COVID-19-associated death is defined for surveillance purposes as a death resulting from a clinically compatible illness that was confirmed to be COVID-19 by an appropriate laboratory test. There should be no period of complete recovery between COVID-19 diagnosis and death. Based on this case definition and an investigation into the illness of the case patient, NCDHHS is classifying this event as a COVID-19 related death.

Northampton County Health Department works hard to protect the privacy of individuals, and to respect the families of those cases who have passed-away. To that end, Northampton County Health Department will not be sharing any further information.

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