Article from April 7:
Two people who were being treated for COVID-19 have died. These are the first deaths reported in Wood County.
The two Wood County residents who died were a woman in her 80s and a man who was in his 60s with underlying health conditions, according to the Wood County Health Department. To protect the privacy of the individuals and their families, no other information about their identities will be shared.
The woman died April 7, and the man died April 8. The woman had a coronavirus onset date of April 3, and the man had an onset date of March 29. Both were hospitalized from symptoms, according to coronavirus.ohio.gov.
“Our hearts go out to these people’s family and friends. We can only imagine how difficult this must be for them,” said Wood County Health Commissioner Ben Batey. “This is an unfortunate reminder of how serious of a threat this virus is, and why it’s so important that people stay home as much as possible and follow the other public health guidance to prevent COVID-19 from spreading."
A press release from WCHD stated that case numbers are expected to increase due to new reporting practices, which will now include probable cases in addition to confirmed cases.
A confirmed case is a person with a positive laboratory result for COVID-19. A probable case is generally defined as someone who has not been tested for COVID-19 but is likely to have the illness based on close contact with a confirmed or probable case, symptoms, and/or exposure to an area with ongoing community spread. A probable case must also have no alternative diagnosis, such as influenza or strep throat.
For more information regarding the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in Ohio, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov.