Delaware, OH – It is with great sadness that thDelaware General Health District announces its first death as a result of COVID-19. On Sunday, a 60-year-old Delaware County woman passed away in the intensive care unit at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center 

The staff of the Delaware General Health District extend our deepest sympathy to the family during their time of great loss 

“We are extremely saddened to learn about the Health District’s first death due to COVID-19,” said Health Commissioner Shelia Hiddleson. “We are particularly concerned with residents 60 years of age or older and those with underlying health issues who are more at risk of developing serious health issues due to COVID-19. That’s why it is more important than ever that every resident do their part to slow the spread by taking appropriate measures to prevent and contain the spread of the virus in our community.” 

Everyone can take precautions to protect health and prevent the spread of infectious disease by taking the following steps: 

  • Practice social distancing of 6 feet or more.  

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes. 

  • Stay at home if you are sick. 

  • Avoid exposure to others who are sick. 

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. 

  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.  

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 

Please continue to follow guidance from the CDC, the Ohio Department of Health and the Health District to protect not only your health, but the health of our residents.