Allen County Public Health Commissioner Kathy Luhn announced today the first death of an Allen County resident that had received a positive COVID-19 test. The individual, a 92-year-old male, also had underlying health problems. “First, our thoughts are with the family of the patient,” said Luhn. “Sadly, however, these outcomes are expected as we continue to face a serious public health challenge.” Luhn, out of respect for the family, did not share personal details of the individual who died from the coronavirus. “I am here to make the community aware that we are starting to see deaths from COVID-19 – that is the take-away for community members. Sharing of individual details is best left to the family.”
In addition, Luhn reminded the public of the public health orders and recommendations, specifically social distancing. Public gatherings are restricted to no more than 10 people, with enough available room to maintain six feet of space between attendees. “More so now than ever before, we must practice social distancing to flatten the curve. We will be consistently working for the benefit of our communities in these tough times that are before us.”
“Unfortunately, the number of cases are going to go up,” Luhn said. “But the medical community is taking steps to keep ahead of the curve and getting people taken care of as quickly as we can. If everyone does their part we’ll get through this together.”
Residents are urged to visit www.coronavirus.ohio.gov for updated information. They can also find information at cdc.gov, allencountypublichealth.org and ACPH’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.