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Posted on: April 6, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Pitt County Reports First Death Related to COVID-19

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The Pitt County Health Department is reporting the first COVID-19 associated death in Pitt County. The individual died over the weekend from complications associated with the virus. The patient was in their seventies and had several underlying medical conditions. To protect the family’s privacy, no further information about this patient will be released.

“I extend my heartfelt condolences to the family of this individual during this sad time. It is difficult at any time to lose a precious family member or friend; however, the impact of COVID 19 on our normal daily lives, makes this an even more difficult time to join together and grieve,” said Pitt County Health Director, Dr. John L. Silvernail, MD, MPH.

As Pitt County’s COVID-19 cases continue to rise, additional Pitt County deaths are expected. “It is crucial that we all make a concerted effort to protect each other. If you are not an essential employee and if it is not necessary for you to leave home for groceries, medical care or medications, then please stay home. If you must leave home, practice social distancing keeping 6 feet apart from others who are not part of your family unit.  Wash your hands often, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your face. If you choose to wear a face mask, follow the CDC guidelines at to ensure proper use,” shares Dr. Silvernail.

To stay up to date on COVID-19 in North Carolina, visit or text COVIDNC to 898211. Call 2-1-1 (or 888-892-1162) for general questions or for help finding human services resources in our community.

All information regarding Pitt County’s response efforts during the COVID-19 outbreak are available on the Coronavirus Information Page of the Pitt County Website, at:

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