Officials report first COVID-19 related death in Perry County

(U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/AP)
Published: Jun. 18, 2020 at 12:17 PM EDT
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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Officials with the Kentucky River District Health Department confirmed the first COVID-19 related death in Perry County on Thursday.

In a news release, Public Health Director Scott Lockard said the patient was a 79 year old man. He was the first reported positive case in the county back on March 31st.

Lockard told WYMT’s Connor James the man died on May 30th, but the State Department of Public Health had to make the ruling on if it was COVID related. We’re told he had other health problems that were amplified by COVID and even after he no longer tested positive for the virus, the health problems continued.

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