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Wayne County reports first COVID-19 death

DGKN staff report

A 71-year-old man has been reported as Wayne County’s first patient who has died because of COVID-19.

The Wayne County Health Department reported the death in a news release today. The release noted that the health department will not be releasing any identifiable information to protect his privacy.

“On behalf of the entire county, we express our deepest sympathies to his family and friends,” Health Commissioner Nicholas Cascarelli said in the news release. “We have been working tirelessly responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to reach out to all known close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases to make sure we help prevent the spread of this disease, as well as ensure that the public has up-to date and reliable information.”

The health department is encouraging Wayne County residents to continue practicing social distancing and staying home to slow the spread of the virus as COVID-19 continues to spread throughout communities.

According to the most recent county statistics, Wayne County currently has 29 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 11 hospitalizations.

Wayne County residents can contact Wayne County Health Department at 330-264-9590 with any medical questions or the local Call Center at 330-263-6363 or our

People can also call the Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 hotline with any questions or visit The call center is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

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