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Ontario County reports its first 2 deaths from COVID-19

Ontario County Department of Public Health
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The Ontario County Public Health Department is reporting that county’s first deaths from COVID-19.

The agency says that both individuals were being cared for at the Ontario Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare.

One of the individuals had tested positive for COVID-19 and was being monitored. He died suddenly in the hospital. Officials say the other individual was very ill and comfort care was being provided at the Ontario Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare.

“News of Ontario County residents dying of COVID-19 is absolutely heartbreaking,” said Public Health Director, Mary Beer. “We extend our deepest sympathy to their family, their loved ones and the staff at the Ontario Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare.”

Both deaths are associated with a disease outbreak at the Ontario Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare. Ontario County Public Health and New York State Department of Health continue to work with the Ontario Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare during this outbreak to minimize spread of COVID-19 infection.

County health officials say that social distancing remains the most important prevention method at this time. All residents should continue to stay home and monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath and contact their healthcare provider for instructions if feeling ill.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.