Franklin County Health Officials received notice today of a sixth COVID-19 suspected related death. The patient, a woman in her 70’s, was admitted into an Indiana hospital on March 20th. She was later transferred to an Ohio hospital where she passed today. No further information about the patient will be released due to privacy laws.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to the families of those lost to this terrible virus,” said Commissioner Tom Linkel.
Officials also received six new positive results, bringing the total of Franklin County citizens diagnosed with novel coronavirus to 44. All four new cases are adults.

“If we can have a positive message come from today, several in quarantine have been released in accordance with CDC guidelines, including four who were positive for COVID-19,” stated Angie Ruther RN. Ruther, who is the Health Department Supervisor, continued, “A person in their 50’s has recovered and is released from quarantine. A person in his 20’s living with his parents, all three were released. He has recovered and his parents never showed symptoms. A male in his 40’s has recovered. His girlfriend never showed symptoms and has also been released from quarantine. An 11-year-old who lives with a split family has recovered and no one in either household showed symptoms, so they have all been released.”

County officials, including the Commissioners, Council, EMA, Health Department, Sheriff’s Department, Auditor’s Office, United Way, SEIOC, among others continue working to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 in our community. Citizens are urged to stay at home. If you must get out, follow ISDH and CDC guidelines such as, maintain social distances, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, and avoid touching your face.