Following First Death In County, Health Department Is Reminding Us To Heed Precautions

Following the death of an 85-year old male from Erie County, Ohio from complications related to COVID-19 on March 20, 2020, Erie County Health Department is reminding us all to heed the precautions associated with preventing the spread of this disease.

COVID-19 is a new disease, and we are learning more about it every day. The Erie County Health Department will continue to work closely with all partners and continue to work as a unified incident command system to keep Erie County, Ohio, as healthy as possible.

With this sad news comes heightened awareness of the need to wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes, cover coughs/sneezes with your arm, avoid exposure to others who are sick, stay home if you are ill.

Call your healthcare provider or download the Firelands Virtual Care App to seek medical care at home.

Avoid groups of 10 people or more and mass gatherings of 50 people or more as these are prohibited. Individuals should keep at least 6 feet distance between yourself and others.

According to the CDC, older adults age 65 years and older are at higher risk for severe illness.

For accurate local information, call the Erie County COVID-19 Information Center at 567-867-3243 or visit