19-year-old App State student dies from COVID-19 complications

An Appalachian State University student has died from complications from the coronavirus, school administrators said.

School officials said Chad Dorrill, a 19-year-old sophomore exercise science major, died Monday night.

In a statement from Appalachian State University, officials said Dorrill lived off campus in Boone and all of his classes were online.

University of North Carolina System President Peter Hans issued a statement saying,

Any loss of life is a tragedy, but the grief cuts especially deep as we mourn a young man who had so much life ahead. I ache for the profound sadness that Chad Dorrill’s family is enduring right now. My heart goes out to the entire Appalachian State community. Our country is grappling with this continuing crisis on a scale that is difficult to comprehend. That does not diminish the acute pain we feel alongside Chad's parents, family, and friends, the people whose loss is personal and irreplaceable. Chad's family asked that this moment stand as a stark reminder of how Covid-19 is deadly serious for all of us, even for otherwise healthy young adults. We have a heightened duty to one another in these extraordinarily trying times, and we all need to remain vigilant. I join his family and Chancellor Everts in urging everyone to follow public health guidance by wearing a mask, washing hands, maintaining physical distance, and limiting gatherings.

The school has 159 active cases of COVID-19 on a campus of nearly 20,000 students.

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