SURRY COUNTY, N.C. — Surry County reported its first death due to the coronavirus, Friday afternoon.
Surry County Health and Nutrition Center said the person died from complications associated with COVID-19.
The center said the person was in his or her late-60s and had several underlying health conditions.
“We are saddened to learn of our first COVID-19-related death in Surry County. Our hearts go out to the family during this difficult time,” said Surry County Health Director Samantha Ange. “We are working tirelessly to educate and empower our Surry County citizens to follow guidance from CDC and NCDHHS on protecting themselves and loved ones by following all guidance and recommendations.”
The center recommends keeping best practices such as social distancing, avoiding contact with people who are sick, staying home when you are sick, frequently cleaning surfaces, and washing your hands.
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