Yates County Public Health says it received notification on Tuesday of it’s first confirmed COVID-19 death.
The resident who tested positive for the virus was in their 80s with underlying medical conditions. Officials say he passed away while hospitalized.
“We are deeply saddened at the loss of one of our community members and send our heartfelt condolences to the family,” Public Health Director Deborah Minor said.
“While for many that have been infected with COVID-19, the symptoms are not severe or do not require hospitalization, we know that for some, the risk of infection is much more serious. That is why we must all continue to keep diligent about staying home as much as possible and if leaving our home for essential work or business, that face coverings be worn,” Minor added.
Yates County has 16 total confirmed cases of COVID, with 5 recovered, and two currently hospitalized. Nearly 200 have tested negative for the virus.
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