Richland Public Health building

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

MANSFIELD -- Richland County has reported its fifth death attributed to COVID-19, according to county public health Commissioner Sarah Humphrey.

The death, reported Tuesday, was an 84-year-old man who did have a pre-existing health condition, according to Humphrey.

The man was not living in a nursing home or other long-term care facility when he contracted the novel coronavirus, she said.

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"The employees of Richland Public Health express our sympathy to his family and friends," RPH health education and communications specialist Reed Richmond said.

The death was the second COVID-19 death in Richland County during June. On June 3, RPH reported the death of a 90-year-old man who became ill while living in a nursing home or long-term care facility.

The death in early June came on the heels of a May 21 death involving a 79-year-old man who also became ill while living in a long-term care facility.

The first death attributed to COVID-19 in Richland County was on April 8, a 55-year-old Mansfield man who contracted the virus while working at the Marion Correctional Institution.

As of late Monday afternoon, Richland County had 298 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases with 15 probable cases since the pandemic began. There have been 42 hospitalizations, 17 of which spent time in ICU.

Richmond reported 225 people on the cumulative list have recovered.

According to the Ohio Dept. of Health website, as of Tuesday at 2 p.m., there have been 48,222 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state with 2,615 confirmed deaths. ODH reported 7,839 total hospitalizations with 1,994 of those spending time in an ICU.

The state also reported another 3,567 probable COVID-19 cases with another 248 probable COVID-19 deaths, following CDC guidelines for identifying coronavirus cases.

According to the ODH website, Crawford County has reported 135 positive tests with six deaths. Ashland County had 55 reported cases with one death. Knox County had 39 cases with one death reported.

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