Appalachian State University sophomore, Chad Dorrill, died on Monday after contracting COVID-19, The Charlotte Observer reports. His mother, Susan Dorrill, stated in a now-private Facebook post that her son didn't exhibit any known symptoms of COVID-19. Instead, he was just "incredibly tired" for two weeks.
"Little did we know (the virus) was secretly attacking his body in a way they have never seen before," she wrote. She went on to say that doctors report that this is the rarest case of COVID-19 they had seen.
Dorrill was not a patient doctors would consider to be at risk of catching the virus or it impacting him fatally. The 19-year-old reportedly stayed away from drugs and didn't smoke. He was also a standout high school athlete, earning all-conference basketball honors before moving on to study exercise science in college. As a result, the family is using this unfortunate incident to remind people to take the pandemic seriously.
"As our family suffers this incredible loss, we want to remind people to wear a mask and quarantine if you test positive even without symptoms, you have no idea who you can come into contact with that the virus affects differently," the family's statement continues."If it can happen to a super healthy 19-year old boy who doesn’t smoke, vape or do drugs, it can happen to anyone."
Along with his Piedmont Pacers travel basketball team sharing the family's statement, Dorrill's friends took to social media where they eulogized him.
App State chancellor Sheri Everts announces the death of student Chad Dorrill due to COVID-19 complications in a campus-wide email.— Ethan Joyce (@EthanJoyceWSJ) September 29, 2020
Dorrill went to high school at Ledford: pic.twitter.com/mGcPx0ZmJn
The first Appstate student has died from Covid-19. Deepest sympathies to Chad Dorrill's family. To all of you attending parties, just stop to think about how inconsiderate you’re being... WEAR A MASK! KEEP YOUR DISTANCE! THIS IS NOT THE FLU!— Heather Locklear (@locklearhc) September 29, 2020
Do better @appstate ... Prayers up for Chad Dorrill’s Friends & Family 🙏🏽 Also praying that the rest of the Students still on campus please take COVID-19 seriously!!! Get tested, stay safe, and take care of each other! 💛🖤— Darrynton Evans (@ItzLiveee) September 29, 2020
I didn’t personally know Chad, but I know and am friends with those who considered him family. I pray over the Dorrill family, Chad’s friends, and the community. it’s never easy losing someone, especially at such a young age. God has called another angel home 🤍 pic.twitter.com/FnAKBK7TUH— rachel ♡ (@rxchellevy) September 29, 2020
Boone- family members shared this photo of Chad Dorrill. He is the ASU student who died after testing positive for covid-19. The message his family wants to share tonight on eyewitness news. pic.twitter.com/4Fp00KVcGo— Dave Faherty (@FahertyWSOC9) September 29, 2020
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