The first COVID-19 related death in North Carolina was reported in Cabarrus County, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
The Cabarrus County resident died on March 24 from complications associated with the virus. According to the press release, they had several other underlying medical conditions.
"We extend our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones," Gov. Roy Cooper said in a press release. "This is a stark warning that for some people COVID-19 is a serious illness. All of us must do our part to stop the spread by staying at home as much as possible and practicing social distancing."
The release also reported that a Virginia resident in their 60s died from COVID-19 complications while traveling through North Carolina.
As of Wednesday morning, there are 504 reported cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina across 53 counties. More than 10,000 tests have been completed.