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Montgomery County Officials Announce Second COVID-19 Related Death

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, April 1, 2020

            A man in his 60s has become Montgomery County’s second COVID-19 related death. County public health officials reported that the man died at a local hospital after experiencing symptoms. After being admitted to the hospital on Friday, March 27, he was tested for COVID-19, and then died several hours later. As of today, there have been 31 COVID-19 related deaths in Maryland.

            Based upon the contact investigation, the man acquired the virus through community transmission. Community transmission means there is no clear source and the case is not tied to travel or any known case.  

            “Our hearts go out to his friends and family and we send our sincere condolences,” said County Executive Marc Elrich. “Please know we are doing everything we can to slow the spread and lessen the impact. At this moment, when there is no treatment or cure, the actions of each of us can make a difference. Please be kind to one another.”

            “It is tragic that any death occurs because of COVID-19,” said County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles. “Our thoughts are with this man’s family. Unfortunately, with the virulence of this disease, we may see additional deaths before we see the end of this pandemic locally.” He added, “while it is a public health priority to share information with the public about cases and deaths, it is also a priority to protect an individual’s privacy and allow their family to grieve.”     

      In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it is very important for everyone to take precautions.  Maryland Governor Larry Hogan issued a stay-at-home order on Monday, March 30. All residents must remain in their homes unless they are essential employees traveling to or from work, obtaining food or medicine or seeking urgent medical care.

  • Be sure to stay at least 6 feet away from anyone who is not a member of your household
  • Avoid gathering in groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using standard cleaning practices
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, your sleeve, or your elbow
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • If you are sick, stay home except to get medical care 

For the latest COVID-19 updates, visit the County’s COVID-19 website and follow Montgomery County on Facebook and Twitter.

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Release ID: 20-160
Media Contact: Julie Parker 240-777-6507