BREAKING: Officials confirm first death due to COVID-19 in Madison County

Director of the Jackson Madison County Regional Health Department, Kim Tedford, announced that there is now one confirmed death due to covid 19 here in Madison county.

“I have some sad news to announce we have our first death related to covid-19”, says Tedford.

Tedford says that they will not release demographic information about the patient to respect the family.

But she reminded everyone that this is about more than numbers.

Tedford adds, “we get so caught up in the numbers, but folks let’s realize there are actually people, humans behind these numbers. And just like we have seen this morning I’ve had to report this death. There is a family suffering and mourning and a life was lost.”

The patient tested positive earlier this month and had been hospitalized and on a ventilator since that day.

Tedford said the person had a history of multiple preexisting conditions, which caused more complications with the virus.

“And this is just an example of what can happen for someone who does get COVID-19 and they have a lot of preexisting conditions", says Tedford.

She says people who have pre existing conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and respiratory illnesses need to take this serious.

Just as a reminder the Health Department will be hosting a drive thru testing site at the Jackson fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday 9 AM until 4 PM. There is no cost to be tested. In Jackson, for 39 News, I’m Imani Williams.

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