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July 13, 2020

4/17/2020 11:47:00 AM
County suffers first death

Jennings County has suffered its first death from the novel coronavirus.
According to a release from the Jennings County Health Department on Friday, April 17, the death occurred Thursday, April 16. Citing privacy laws, the department did not release any other information.

Through various sources, the individual was determined to be a male in his 70's who lived in Vernon. He had been hospitalized at Columbus Regional Hospital on Monday.

Jennings County Public Health Officer Dr. Gregory Heumann had no comment except to send his prayers to the patient's family and friends during their time of loss.

The health department reminds the public the best way to protect yourself against this pandemic is to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoid touching your face with unwashed hands; avoid close contact with people who are sick; stay home when you are sick; cover your cough or sneeze; clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces; and maintain social distancing.

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