Butler County confirms 2nd death, 49 positive coronavirus cases

Second person dies from coronavirus in Butler County

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - On Friday, Butler County health officials confirmed the second death in the county. They also have 49 confirmed cases.

The second death was a 77-year-old male who was considered at risk. His family was by his side when he died in the hospital.

“They provided full PPE for the family so that they could be with him at that time. The family is now safely at home in quarantine and they are all doing well, we understand,” Butler County Health Commissioner Jennifer Bailer said.

“This is sad news for the family and friends of the man who passed, as well as for many others, including those working hard to prevent the COVID-19 disease from spreading. We are in this together. Our hearts go out to the family in their time of grief, and we send our deepest condolences,” said Health Commissioner Jennifer Bailer.

The health district says the age of coronavirus cases in Butler County is one to 86-years-old, with a median age of 55-years-old.

15 people have recovered from the virus and the time range for their full recovery was 11 to 24 days.

“Stay the heck home and that’s really what we want to see as we watch, hopefully, the flattening of the curve that’s progressing through Ohio day by a day,” Butler County EMS Director Matt Haverkos said.

Emergency operation centers have distributed more than 27,990 N95 masks, 700 pairs of eye protection, 6,200 gowns, 1,800 boxes of gloves and 1,000 thermometers.

“There is a united front here to ensure we have the proper equipment and supplies needed,” Haverkos said.

A doctor at Atrium Medical Center said for suspected COVID-19 patients, they have a 48 bed unit for them. That 48 bed unit can take care of ICU and hospitalization level patients.

“As we plan for the surge, we have looked at our bed availability and what our staging is going to be for COVID-19 patients. We have a plan on what units these patients will go to and plan to keep them isolated as time moves on,” he said.

In Ohio, there are 81 confirmed coronavirus deaths and 2,902 confirmed cases. A total of 802 have been hospitalized and 29,191 people tested, Gov. DeWine said.

Gov. Mike DeWine announced that the Stay At Home order now in place in Ohio will be extended through May 1.

Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton signed the updated order Thursday afternoon and it goes into effect at midnight on Monday.

“We understand that this is tough - it is very difficult. But, I would not be making these decisions if it wasn’t a matter of life and death,” Governor DeWine said. “We have to keep this monster down. It’s not dead - it’s very much alive.”

Here’s a current breakdown of coronavirus cases in Greater Cincinnati counties:

  • Hamilton: 178
  • Butler: 45
  • Clermont: 14
  • Warren: 26
  • Clinton: 5
  • Highland: 3
  • Brown: 2
  • Preble: 1

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