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Lake County confirms first COVID-19 fatality

A 55 year-old male passed away on Friday afternoon at a Lake County hospital due to complications of coronavirus.

LAKE COUNTY, Ohio — On Friday evening, the Lake County General Health District reported that the county suffered its first death related to COVID-19.

According to a release, a 55 year-old male passed away on Friday afternoon at a Lake County hospital due to complications of COVID-19. 

No further information was released. 

“Our condolences go out to the family and friends of the resident we’ve lost. While this is the first confirmed death of a Lake County resident, it is probable that we will experience more tragedy as a result of this virus. It is imperative that the entire Lake County community follow social-distancing practices immediately to slow the spread of COVID-19,” stated Ron H. Graham, Health Commissioner. “It’s going to take selfless action from every single one of us to protect our community and save lives.” 

On Friday, the Ohio Department of Health reported that 1,137 cases have now been confirmed in the state, with 19 deaths. 

Of those 1,137 people, 276 have ended up in the hospital, with 107 in the ICU. The ages of those who have died have ranged from 58-93.

"We are definitely on the up-ramp of our slope," Department of Health Director Amy Acton said Friday. "There is no healthcare system in the world that could take on this virus as it was built."

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