First deaths from COVID-19 in Warrick County were at nursing home

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NEWBURGH, Ind (WEHT) – The Indiana Department of Health released new numbers on Friday, including the first two deaths in Warrick County.

Eyewitness News has learned the two deaths were residents at Signature Healthcare in Newburgh. The coroner’s office says a 74-year-old male died at Signature and a 92-year-old female died at a local hospital after being transported there from Signature. 

On Tuesday, we reported there were nine cases of COVID-19 reported at Signature Healthcare, and an employee had tested positive.

The Warrick County Coroner released this statement in connection with the two deaths:

This week, Warrick County suffered the loss of two individuals to COVID-19. Both were elderly with comorbid conditions that impacted their ability to effectively fight the infection. Our hearts go out to the families, friends, and medical staff that cared for each of them.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to continue to practice safe social-distancing. We have seen an increase in the number of cases in the younger population, which is likely a direct result of not following recommendations. Most young people who become infected will make it through with little complications, but the risk of passing it along to the elderly or immunocompromised it significant. And this group will have a much harder time winning their battle with the virus, as we have seen with the deaths this week in our county.
Please, stay home unless you have a true need to get out. Parents, keep your children at home and set a good example for them. Practice good hand hygiene and do your part to keep everyone in our community safe, especially the most vulnerable amongst us. We have a responsibility to Stop the Spread

The office of Sarah Seaton, Warrick County Coroner

Warrick County is reporting three new cases. Vanderburgh County now has two new cases of coronavirus.

The map shows 6,907 total positive confirmed cases and 300 deaths. Those numbers are up from 6,351 cases and 245 new deaths.

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(This story was originally published on April 10, 2020)

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