The Franklin County Health Department and Franklin Co. Sheriff’s Department have announced a fifth death suspected to be related to the COVID-19 outbreak. The news was released late Tuesday, March 31, after FCHD was notified earlier in the day.

The man in his 70s had been a patient at an Ohio hospital since March 22. Due to privacy laws, no further information will be released.

Officials also announced four new positive cases – all adults – of the virus in the county, bringing the total to 38 overall. That number is up from 26 in the past three days.

For more information, visit Franklin County Health Department or Franklin County Sheriff’s Department on Facebook, or see the state of Indiana map ( Note the state’s information is not updated until 10 a.m. each morning. The state map showed 39 cases.