Coronavirus

Mahoning County Reports 1st Coronavirus Death

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Mahoning County Public Health has confirmed the county’s first death from COVID-19.

No information on the person was given in the agency’s daily coronavirus update.

“Mahoning County Public Health extends our sympathies to the family and friends of our community member who has lost their battle with this illness,” the update said. “This is the time for our residents to remain unified and unselfish in order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 throughout our communities. All residents are urged to only go out into public for essential needs and to continue to practice social distancing along with primary disease prevention measures.”

In total, there are 48 confirmed cases in Mahoning County of COVID-19, the disease spread by the coronavirus. Twenty-five are male and 23 are female. The ages of those diagnosed range from 32 to 93, with a median age of 63.

Earlier Thursday, Columbiana County reported the first death of one of its residents from COVID-19.

According to the spokeswoman for the Columbiana County health department, Laura Fauss, the victim was an older resident with an underlying health condition who had been hospitalized since being tested last week. She did not elaborate on the underlying condition, the person’s gender, place of residence or hospital involved.

Mahoning County Public Health recommends that all businesses deemed nonessential close. Those that are essential and remain open should follow safety guidelines such as distancing. Employees that suffer from symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath or coughing not caused by known health issues should stay home.

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