Apparently healthy North Carolina student dies of complications from Covid-19

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Chad Dorrill, a 19-year-old sophomore at Appalachian State University in North Carolina, died this week from complications from Covid-19, according to the university. He was diagnosed with the virus earlier in September.

Dorrill lived off campus and all of his classes were online. The university did not say how he contracted the virus.

“When he started to feel bad earlier this month, his mother encouraged him to come home, quarantine him and get tested for COVID-19,” said Sheri Everts, Chancellor of App State, in an announcement to the college community.

“After testing positive for COVID-19 in his home county, he went through isolation procedures and was cleared by his doctor to return to Boone. “

When he returned to school, Dorrill began to experience further difficulties, Everts said. His family then came to pick him up and he was hospitalized.“Although they are generally less exposed to serious illness, adults of college age can become seriously ill from COVID-19. As we approach the midpoint of the last day of classes for the fall semester, we are seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases among students, ”Everts warned.

The classes – a mix of online and in-person classes – started in August. Since March 27, more than 600 people at the university have contracted the virus, according to the school’s tally.

Dorrill is not the first undergraduate student to die of Covid-19, but his death raises even more pressing questions about the safety of college campuses, even as universities demand security measures when reopening.

CNN reached out to Dorrill’s family for comment, but did not immediately receive a response.

Liam Dunman, a student at App State, said death “definitely resonates” with him.

“You don’t hear at all that people our age are dying of it, so it has become a little more real to me,” he told CNN affiliate WSOC.

In the state of North Carolina, only five deaths from Covid-19 have been reported in people aged 24 and under and more than 56,000 confirmed cases, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services .

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