Richland Public Health building

Richland Public Health is located at 555 Lexington Ave. in Mansfield. (Richland Source file photo)

MANSFIELD -- An 84-year-old man has become Richland County's sixth COVID-19 death, according to Richland Public Health.

The man was first reported as a positive COVID-19 test on May 28 and died on June 24, RPH health education and communications specialist Reed Richmond said.

The June 24 death was first reported on the Ohio Department of Health website on Sunday afternoon. Other deaths in Richland County from COVID-19 occurred on June 22, June 2, May 20, April 17 and April 8, according to the ODH website.

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It was not immediately known if the latest victim had a pre-existing condition and/or if he contracted the virus in a nursing home or other congregate care setting.

According to the Ohio Department of Health website, which is updated daily at 2 p.m., there have been 390 positive COVID-19 tests in Richland County since the pandemic began four months ago, including 26 in the last seven days.

The ODH reports 57 residents in Richland County have been hospitalized for COVID-19, including five in the last seven days.

The state health department also reported that 289 residents are presumed to have recovered from the virus.

ODH reported Monday there were 1,261 new positive tests in the last 24 hours, which is higher than the 21-day average of 1,015.

There were six deaths reported statewide, below the 21-day average of 17.

New hospitalizations and ICU usage around the state, 73 and 16, are just below the state 21-day averages of 77 and 17.

Since the pandemic began in Ohio on March 9, the state has announced 66,853 positive tests with 8,915 total hospitalizations, 3,064 deaths and another 45,194 presumed recoveries.

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