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Posted on: March 25, 2020

Statement: First Jefferson County Resident dies from COVID-19

COVID-19 Update

On March 24, 2020, Jefferson County Public Health received notification of the first death from COVID-19 in the county. The first death was an individual in their 60s with known health complications.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our Jefferson County residents, and wish to express our sympathies to their family, friends and loved ones during this difficult time,” said Dr. Mark B. Johnson, Executive Director, JCPH. “This tragic news serves as a reminder to all of us the severity of this illness and the importance of doing our part to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 outbreak. Jefferson County has been through difficult, tragic times together before, and it is by relying on the strength of our community that we can get through this as well.”

As COVID-19 continues to spread in our community, it is important for each person in our community to do their part to curb transmission of disease, no matter if they are sick or not. The disease can be passed by individuals who are showing mild to no symptoms, and can be severe and even fatal in older populations and those with existing health complications.

JCPH urges individuals to stay home except for essential needs, such as for work, to access groceries and medical services and to get outdoors within their neighborhoods, as long as they are still practicing appropriate social distancing strategies, such as is outlined in the JCPH Stay-At-Home Order, effective at 8 a.m. on March 26, 2020. To learn more about COVID-19 and to stay up to date on the latest information, please visit

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