Statement from Joe Mazzola, Health Commissioner of Franklin County Public Health

It is with great sadness that we announce the county’s first death, an 84-year-old woman, attributed to COVID-19 today. While there are no words that can mend a grieving heart, we do extend our deepest sympathies to the family. Unfortunately, this is a stark reminder that every resident needs to continue to do their part to slow the spread of this illness.

Please continue to follow guidance from the CDC, the Ohio Department of Health and our local health departments to protect not only your health but the health of our residents. We are particularly concerned with residents 65 years of age or older and those with underlying health issues who are more at risk of developing serious health issues due to COVID-19. Franklin County Public Health will continue to work tirelessly with its public and private partners to respond to this public health emergency.