Monroe County man in his 70s dies from Covid-19


Monroe County has had its second death from Covid-19, according to the Monroe County Health Department.

The individual was a man in his 70s who had been hospitalized.

A press release from the health department stated, “Our department would like to express our deepest condolences to family, friends, and those impacted by this loss of life. Out of respect for the privacy of the individual and his family, the Monroe County Health Department will not be disclosing any additional information.”

Sharon Nelson, director/health officer at the health department, said, “Monroe County Health Department sends our deepest condolences to the family, friends and community of this individual and those impacted by this loss of life. We continue to take this virus seriously and we ask that the community does so too. While Covid-19 creates many difficulties and inconveniences for all of us, we ask that community members do their part to stop the spread. One death is simply one too many.”

Residents should do the following to prevent the spread:

• If you have or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, isolate yourself and quarantine for the full amount of time as advised by the health department

• Stay at home as much as possible, especially if you are sick, even if that illness is mild

• Maintain a 6-foot distance with others whenever possible and minimize close contact (within 6 feet) with those outside of your household

• Avoid congregating in groups of any size

• Limit travel, especially to areas with large numbers of Covid-19 cases

• Wear a fabric face covering

• Wash your hands frequently with soap and water

“Staying at home and physical distancing are our best tools,” Nelson said. “Everything matters. The better we do our part in protecting ourselves and others, the better our outcomes will be and the quicker we will get through this.”

Monroe County’s first death from Covid-19 occurred in early April. 

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