HENDERSON — Health officials say another person in Granville County has died because of COVID-19, raising the death toll there to 93.

To date, the coronavirus and its variants have claimed 205 lives in Vance, Granville and Warren counties since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services said on Monday.

The most recent victims in Granville County include a 46-year-old man who died at home on Sept. 2, and an 86-year-old man who died at the Granville Health System’s hospital in Oxford on Sept. 7, Granville-Vance Public Health Director Lisa Harrison said.

In Vance County, the two most recent victims also were men, a 41-year-old who died on Aug. 23 and a 40-year-old who died on Aug. 25, Harrison said.

She added that her department continued to urge residents to get vaccinated against the virus.

“Vaccination is still the ultimate in providing safety around others during this pandemic,” she said. “There is a lot more risk in getting COVID-19 and having long term effects than any risk of side effects from the vaccine.

But vaccination rates in the Tri-County continue to lag, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and DHHS figures.

The CDC said through Sunday, 45.1% of Vance County residents age 12 and up eligible to receive shots were fully immunized. In Granville County it was 54.8% and in Warren County, it was 34.7%.

DHHS reporting said 47% of Vance residents, 54% of Granville residents and 47% of Warren residents are fully vaccinated. Statewide, it says 60% of North Carolinians age 12 and above are fully vaccinated.

Contact Ray Gronberg at rgronberg@hendersondispatch.com or by phone at 252-436-2850.

Contact Ray Gronberg at rgronberg@hendersondispatch.com or by phone at 252-436-2850.