Columbiana County Reports First Death Related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Follows is a just-issued press release:

The Columbiana County Health District in coordination with the EastLiverpool City Health Department and Salem City Health District are saddened to report the first death of a Columbiana County Resident with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

This resident was a neighbor, relative and friend; and with a tight-knit community like ours, one loss is too many. Let this be a reminder that the disease is here, and the time for action is now. It is essential that you remain in your homes, if you must go into public continue to practice social distancing and standard disease prevention precautions.

COVID-19 can cause mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. If you are sick with respiratory symptoms, contact your primary care provider by phone.

If you do not have a primary care provider, contact your local health department and ask to speak with communicable disease staff. This disease has changed the world around us in many ways, but local public health personnel, medical providers and hospitals will continue to work together on behalf of our Columbiana County Residents to treat all individuals affected by this disease.

For questions from the general public related to COVID-19 call the Ohio Department of Health Call Cente rat:1-833-427-5634 or visit these sites: coronavirus.ohio.govorcdc/gov/coronavirus.