City of Cincinnati suffers first COVID-19 deaths

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Cincinnati Health Commissioner Melba Moore announced the city’s first two deaths related to the novel coronavirus Monday.

Moore said the victims were men aged 86 and 71. She added they were among the oldest people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the city, highlighting the vulnerability for more serious disease among older residents.

They had pre-existing conditions, according to the Cincinnati Health Department.

Health officials say they do not yet know how the patients acquired COVID-19.

“On behalf of the entire City of Cincinnati, we express our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of the patients who died as well as all families of those affected by this pandemic,” Mayor John Cranley said.

“This is a heartbreaking development in our work to limit the devastating impact of COVID-19 locally," the mayor continued. "We are reminded how serious this virus is and how necessary it is for our community to continue to stay at home and take bold precautionary measures to mitigate the spread of this deadly virus.”

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There are 12 new cases of COVID-19 for a total of 112 in Cincinnati, Moore said.

The Cincinnati Health Department encourages the public to practice the following steps to slow the further spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing;
  • Practice social distancing and avoid crowded areas whenever possible;
  • Avoid contact with sick people;
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces – doorknobs, light switches, keyboards, etc;
  • And most importantly, stay home especially when you are sick.

The city’s full press conference will be added to this story as soon as it is available, and this story will be updated.

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