It is with great sadness that we announce the first reported death attributed to COVID-19 in a current resident of Union County. The individual was an adult male.

“On behalf of the health department and our response partners, we want to extend our deepest sympathies to the grieving family.” said Health Commissioner Jason Orcena. “The health department and our partners will continue to do all we can to help our community slow the spread of this virus.”

“Every person, every family, in Union County is important to us,” said Orcena.

While most individuals who have contracted COVID-19 have experienced mild or moderate illness, some individuals have experienced severe illness. Individuals who are at highest risk for serious complications continues to be older adults and people of any age with underlying health conditions. To protect your loved ones, please stay home when you are sick. Limit social interactions and public outings when possible. When you do go out, keep six feet between you and others. Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. Cover coughs and sneezes with your sleeve. Do not touch your face. Consider wearing a mask when you run to the store. If you are in a high-risk category, take extra precautions and consideration when going out.

The Union County Health Department reports 47 cumulative cases* of COVID-19 in Union County residents since the first lab confirmed case was reported on Mar. 20. 33 of the individuals have recovered (released from isolation and no longer considered at increased risk for being infectious). 13 are currently considered actively ill and in isolation. One individual is deceased. Four individuals have required hospitalization due to COVID-19 complications during their illness.

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* Cumulative community cases do not include cases among individuals incarcerated at the Ohio Reformatory for Women.

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