Hancock County Resident Dies From The Coronavirus

A Hancock County resident has died from complications from the coronavirus.

Hancock Public Health Commissioner Karim Baroudi issued the following statement.

“It is with sadness today that we are confirming the first death of a Hancock County resident due to severe complications from COVID-19 and I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family. The patient was a 81-year-old male with underlying health conditions. I want to thank all of the doctors, nurses, and medical professionals who did everything within their power to save the patient’s life. I would also like to acknowledge the tireless ongoing work of our local government leaders, the team at Hancock Public Health, and every local business and individual community member who continues to do their part to stop the spread of this virus; you are all making a difference. We expect for this fight to continue for some time, but with each of us doing our part, the battle will be won. We want to stress again the importance of all of us adhering to the Governor’s orders as well as continuing to practice the precautions that have been shared regularly by the Governor’s office. This continues to be our most powerful tool to avoid overwhelming our healthcare system so that we can continue to provide the best care to those who need it most.”

As of Thursday, Hancock Public Health was reporting 16 cases of the coronavirus and one death.

Statewide there were 5,512 confirmed cases as of Thursday and 213 deaths.

People experiencing coronavirus symptoms should call the COVID-19 Triage & Testing Center at Blanchard Valley Hospital at 419-423-7890, or the center at Bluffton Hospital at 419-369-2399.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, shortness of breath, fever of 100.4 degrees or greater and fatigue.