AKRON, Ohio — The death toll from coronavirus among residents of Summit County has risen to three, the county public health department confirmed Friday.
The two latest fatalities both occurred on Thursday, with one patient being in their 90s and the other being in their 70s. Both contracted the virus through community spread.
"Our hearts are heavy as we announce that two more members of the Summit County community have lost their lives to COVID-19," Health Commissioner Donna Skoda said in a statement. "I speak for all of Summit County Public Health when I say the loved ones of these two people are in our thoughts today."
The Ohio Department of Health confirms 1,137 coronavirus cases in the state, and on Friday officially added Summit County's first death (another resident in their 70s who died Wednesday) to its tally. These two other deaths will likely be reflected in tomorrow's numbers, bringing Ohio's overall COVID-19 death toll above 20.
Of the more than 1,100 state cases, 65 are in Summit County, and these two people had already been known patients by the ODH before they passes away. Residents seeing more information on the coronavirus pandemic's impact on Summit County can go to scph.org/covid-19.